February 18th, 2020
Yesterday, I worked in Cardiac rehab from 7:30am to 4:45pm. After work I rode a stationary bike for 30 minutes at a moderate effort. Scripture reading, 1 Kings 8-9. Recitation, John 3. Solomon’s dedication of the Temple and his prayer to the Lord before the people was temporal and not eternal. He and all Israel would soon break the first and second commandments falling into idolatry. Once in idolatry love for neighbor also fall away. Israel was suppose to glorify the Lord God among the nations of the earth but they turned inward and not outward. There is a son of David who brought glory to the name and his name is Jesus. Therefore, at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend and every tongue shall confess Jesus Christ as Lord to the glory of God the Father. He is the image of the invisible God. The first born of all creation. Jesus Christ is given first place in everything. If someone hates the Son they hate the Father because the Son is the exact representation of His nature. To love the Son is to love the Father and to love the Father is to love the Son. In Solomon’s prayer a theme is repeated. When the people repent and offer supplication he ask the Lord to forgive their sin. It is acknowledged that they will sin because all sin and there is no man who does not sin. God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness and truth, He forgives sin but will by no means leave the guilty unpunished; therefore, supplication must be made and Jesus Christ made the supplication on our behalf, He died in our place for our sins but all must repent and believe. All must repent but repentance without atonement is of no value; therefore, repentance does not save but all must repent and believe. The gospel is a thing of beauty. We have all (sinned) broken the Law set by our creator God. The penalty is death, eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Jesus Christ paid our penalty on the cross and defeated death for all who will repent and believe. Repent (turn) from sin and believe in Jesus Christ, following Him as Lord. He is the propitiation for our sin and He is our God in human flesh.