Re:Verse passage – 2 Chronicles 7:11-22 (day six)
Then if my people who are called by my name… 2 Chronicles 7:14
These words were written to a people newly returned to Jerusalem after 70 years of exile. They had lived through the consequences of previous generations’ rebellion against God. (Vs. 19-22) They had to be struggling with who they were and whose they were. Much like the prodigal son, they likely couldn’t imagine being received as my people; servants or slaves maybe, but surely not sons and daughters.
Can you imagine what it must have been like to hear those words for the first time, a promise given to King Solomon-if MY people? While they had deserved God’s judgement, they were not forgotten or forsaken! God had made a way for his people to return to him, and just like the father of the prodigal son he was longing and waiting and running to receive them.