Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
February 15, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Call For Repentance
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday February 15, 2015
The Call For Repentance
“If my people who are called by my name...” ( II Chron. 7:14 )

The History of Israel is a recurring theme in three sequential books of 
of the Old Testament. Each of the books is divided into two parts. The books 
are: The First and Second Samuel; The First and the Second Kings; and The 
First and Second Chronicles. 
These six books move progressively from Israel under judges, under 
a prophet and judge, under Kings, as a United Kingdom, as two divided 
Kingdom, to the downfall of that Northern Kingdom, and ultimately to 
the Babylonian Captivity of the Southern Kingdom. 
Whereas the Books of Samuel and the Kings focused on all of the 
tribes of Israel, the Books of Chronicles were largely confined to a detailed 
narrative of events in the Southern Kingdom, also known as Judah. 
Our sermon today, will highlight events Judah’s history and identify 
the writer’s objectives in the First and Second Chronicles. Hopefully, it will 
be another interesting exploration in our systematic, but superficial, survey 
of the Bible. Additionally, the intent is to aid in envisioning the Bible as a 
book of history regarding God’s dealing with and making provisions 
for humanity. 
Since the I and II Chronicles are heavily focused on Judah rather 
than a wider treatment of Israel’s history, it is deemed appropriate to 
to highlight some features of those books before identifying the concerns, 
or topics, that will undergird this sermon. 
The word, chronicle, denotes the act of placing events or persons into 
an order based upon their occurrence within a time period. To learn the 
presidents, in order, from Washington to Obama would be an exercise in 
chronology. This word also differs from history in that it is generally more 
narrow in scope. As used within the context of biblical history, the term - 
chronicles - denotes duplication of selective events in the Books of Samuel 
and the Kings. But the term, also, refers to deliberate omissions of many 
events in the Israelites’ history. Within this regard, J. Lawrence Eason, 
in his book Bible Survey noted...”One characteristic of Chronicles is that 
it deals almost exclusively with the fortunes of Judah or the Southern 
Kingdom, and with Israel - or the Northern Kingdom - not at all.” 
What, then, was the major emphasis of the Chronicles? The answer 
to that question will constitute the core of this sermon. One biblical 
scholar, Ellison, has stated that the Chronicles emphasize to aspects of 
Judah’s history; namely, the Temple and the King ship of David. Admittedly, 
these topics constitute most of the narratives in the Chronicles; however, 
there is hidden in the II Chronicles, the 7th Chapter, and the 14th verse a 
divine call for restoration. That verse, constituting our text, will be the 
third concern in this study of the Chronicles. 
Having established the background for our sermon, attention will 
now shift to the three concerns - the first of which is the King ship of 
David. Israel’s first King was Saul who soon lost favor with God. He was 
replaced with David, the person referred to as being after the heart of 
God. David had his successes and failures; but he was a man of 
repentance. He even felt the need to build a temple, but would be denied 
the opportunity. He did, however, received divine assurance that his 
son, Solomon, would build the temple. Probably, more important than
the temple construction was the divine promise that the Kingdom of 
David would last forever. In this connection, the Chronicles sought to 
document God’s promise to David by focusing on the Southern Kingdom. 
Hence, the Chronicles sought to document the Davidic line of Kings that 
would lead eventually to the Christ child being born in the City of David. 
The second concern in Chronicles was that of the Temple and worships 
therein. The Temple was viewed as the earthly tabernacle within which the 
Lord did abide. This view was expressed in one of David’s utterances - The 
Lord is in his holy temple let all the earth keep silence before him. The 
Temple was the place where the mercy seat was located; it was the place 
that housed the Ark of Covenant; it was the place where the high priest made 
an annual pilgrimage to atone for his sins and those of the Jewish race.
The Temple, thus, represented cleansing, healing, and rejuvenation. 
Additionally, the Temple was the place where the scrolls were read, where 
the Passover was observed, and the center of Judaism was located. 
While the King ship of David and the Temple worship were the 
focal points of the Chronicles, there is sandwiched between the major 
emphasis a divine call for repentance and a promise of healing; it is 
found in the II Chronicles 7:14. That verse was selected as both the 
text and subject for this study of Chronicles. It was uttered by God 
in a message to Solomon. The 12th verse of that Chapter reads, “And 
the Lord appeared unto Solomon by night, and said unto, I have heard
thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 
In that message, Jehovah, God, uttered a called for restoration, “If my
people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves; and 
pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I 
hear from hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal 
their land”. 
Beloved that call was neglected repeatedly from by the Northern 
Kingdom and God suffered that Kingdom to be carried into Assyrian 
Captivity, a nation that was later captured by Samaria and the Jewish 
people became known as the lost tribes. Approximately 135 years later, 
the Southern Kingdom - Judah - had drifted away from God and He 
suffered Judah be carried away into Babylonian Captivity. At a later time, 
God made provision for the Judah residents to return to Jerusalem. Beloved, 
He was a forgiving God then, He is the same now, and He shall be the same 
forever. Fortunately, we have access to the blessed salvation made that
God made possible in John 3:16. Hence, we are not Jews; we have no temple; 
but we have a channel to eternal life through our Lord and Savior Jesus 
Christ. 
Although Centuries separate humankind of today from the Textual Era, 
there yet exists efficacy in the words found in II Chron. 7:14. This promise 
can apply to the individual, a family, a worship center, a nation, and even 
the entire world. So in closing, let us heed God’s call for restoration! Amen.

 

 

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