2 Chronicles 33-36:1-21

Psalm 106

So What? Looking Back

In our reading today we come to the fall of the kingdom of Judah. God sent prophet after prophet warning that this day would come and sure enough it did. God said what He meant and meant what He said. Chronicles was written to the people who survived the fall of Judah and were exiles in Babylon. The accounts in Chronicles were meant to remind the exiles of who they are in God’s eyes and to understand that God is not finished with them. God created them and formed them into a nation that will accomplish God’s plan for Israel and the world.

Israel was to be a witness to the world of God’s desire to bless those who are obedient in following the Law. Just because the nation fell because of sin and rebellion does not mean they are no longer God’s witness. In fact just the opposite is true. Israel is a witness to the world of what happens when people reject God and go their own way, rebelling against God.

I remember a Pastor who I served under would write out his sermon and at the end of it he wrote, “So What?” What was the purpose of this message? He wanted to be sure his message had a purpose. Psalm 106 is the “So What” of the books of Chronicles. Psalm 106 is inserted here as a reminder that patterns of sin and rebellion have painful consequences. It is also a reminder of God’s patience, grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

I am a big proponent of looking back over the events of our lives and giving God thanks for what He has done.  I like to keep a journal of God’s blessings.  I find it comes in handy when things are not going well or I am having a bad day.

This Psalm reminds me that when things are not going well, or I am having a bad day, it might be because of something I am doing or something I have done, rather than something that has happened to me.  

This Psalm begins with praise and thanksgiving to God for what He has done but the tone changes in verse 6 where the Psalmist says, “We have sinned like our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.” NASB

Following this verse the Psalmist recounts the sins of his fathers as they wandered in the wilderness to the Promised Land. Sadly, the vast majority of those set free from slavery in Egypt, never made it to the Promised Land.

In 2 Corinthians 13:5 the Apostle Paul writes, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you-unless indeed you fail the test?” NASB

 The verses that really show me the character of God and His endless love for mankind are 44-46

I am grateful for all the blessings God has bestowed on me, but may I never forget the price Jesus paid so I may be blessed with His mercy and grace.  I need to remember that it was my sin and the sin nature of mankind that sent Him to the cross.  Hebrews 12 says Jesus went to the cross for the joy set before Him.  I can’t begin to imagine that kind of joy let alone the love that would compel Him to take on the wrath due me for my sin, but He did, and for that I am forever grateful.

May it be that when I look at my journal of God’s blessings, that my praise and thanksgiving to God is for His love, grace, mercy and peace, and I recognize His love is at the core of every blessing I have received including salvation and eternal life. When I look at it this way I cannot help but join with the Psalmist and say,

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, From everlasting to everlasting. And let all the people say, ‘Amen.” Praise the Lord!” Psalm 106:48 NASB

 Grace, Mercy, Love and Peace to you!

Pastor Dave

Ephesians 3:14-21