About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
2 Chronicles 7:14
all know that context is important when attempting to understand
So, why do we ignore the context, and thus misunderstand 2
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble
themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then
will I hear from heaven and forgive their sins and will heal their
common understanding among Christians today is that "my people"
in 2 Chronicles 7:14 refers to either their country or the church.
This understanding stems from an anti-Semitic sentiment that
permeated Catholic doctrine during the dark ages of history.
For the most part, the Protestant Reformation did not depart from
For this reason much of Christendom today believes that the
prophetic passages of the Bible, including 2 Chronicles 7, do not apply to
but to the church or to so-called Christian nations.
I recently heard it again.
we back up a few verses we'll note that God was speaking to Solomon about Israel's future.
In verse 13 God said; "When I shut up the heavens so there is
no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a plague among my
The text doesn't say "if I shut up the heavens ..."
It says "when I shut up the heavens, when I command the
locusts, and when I send a plague."
2 Chronicles 7:14, as well as the whole chapter, predicted the day
when God's judgment would fall upon the wicked nation of
context makes it clear. The
words "my people" in 2 Chronicles 7:14 refers to Israelis. Knowing
this, can we use this verse to call America, Canada, and other nations to repentance?
There's no doubt that the sentiment expressed in this verse is
applicable to our nations today.
Our nations do need to repent, seek God, and turn from their
That being said, if we apply a secondary interpretation that
permits us to substitute
not put our words into God's mouth. If
God is addressing