FinallyIn Chronicles I am finally beginning to see inklings of the God I recognize. The prayer of David in Chronicles 1 and the prayer of Solomon in Chronicles 2. How beautiful they are. It makes me realize that most of what we have read so far has been the writings of historians or observers. Only rarely do we get a sense of the character's own feelings about something. But these two prayers speak to the personal relationships that David and Solomon have with God. They speak to love and mercy. Mercy was the thing that seemed to be missing from the bible so far... and Solomon speaks of it so beautifully. So eloquently. One section especially struck me...
|"When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to a land far off or near,|
|if they take thought in the land where they are taken captive, and repent and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, 'We have sinned, we have committed iniquity and have acted wickedly';|
|if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been taken captive, and pray toward their land which You have given to their fathers and the city which You have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Your name,|
| then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, their prayer and supplications, and maintain their cause and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.|
And yet, we are asking you, God, to forgive us. Solomon asks that when we turn back to you, you take us in your loving embrace.
So here we have it. Sin and forgiveness for the first time. Amen.