I love it when all the different parts of scripture the kids and I read each day end up weaving together to paint a perfect and beautiful picture. Check this out:
Last week, in Deuteronomy 28 and 29, we read about the blessings that would come to God’s people if they loved Him and obeyed His instructions. We also read about the curses that would come to them if they stopped loving God and disobeyed His instructions – curses like losing wars, not having rain or enough food, being sick, etc.
Today, in 1 Kings 8, we read Solomon’s prayer as he was dedicating the newly built temple. He spoke of a future time when God’s children would be defeated in war, lack rain, experience famine, and disease because they sinned against God’s instructions. They would experience the curses God promised in Deuteronomy, but Solomon asked God to hear the people’s prayers when they repented by confessing their sins and walking rightly before Him again in love.
And then, we read 1 John 1:7-9. Verse 9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He’s saying just what Solomon said!
Is that not cool?!
We are God’s children, the children of Israel. The Bible is the story of every believer. It hasn’t changed, except that we can now see a few things clearly.
- We can see the means by which our heavenly Father forgives us – the blood of the spotless Lamb, Yeshua.
- And we can see the means by which He cleanses us from all unrighteousness – the Spirit that Ezekiel prophesied would empower us to walk in His statutes and to carefully obey His rules (Ezek 36:27).