Claim the Lord's Promises
1 Kings 8:22-30 & 56
Lifeway's Explore the Book Lesson for March 23, 2003
The New America Standard Updated Bible is Used in this Outline
NASU 
22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. 23 He said, "O LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart, 24 who have kept with Your servant, my father David, that which You have promised him; indeed, You have spoken with Your mouth and have fulfilled it with Your hand as it is this day. 
25 "Now therefore, O LORD, the God of Israel, keep with Your servant David my father that which You have promised him, saying, "You shall not lack a man to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way to walk before Me as you have walked.' 26 "Now therefore, O God of Israel, let Your word, I pray, be confirmed which You have spoken to Your servant, my father David. 27 "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built! 28 "Yet have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You today;   29 that Your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which You have said, "My name shall be there,' to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place. 
30 "Listen to the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place; hear in heaven Your dwelling place; hear and forgive. 

56 "Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant. NASU 
 

NIV 
22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven 23 and said: "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. 24 You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it-as it is today. 25 "Now LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, 'You shall never fail to have a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons are careful in all they do to walk before me as you have done.' 26 And now, O God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David my father come true. 27 "But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 28 Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. 29 May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, 'My Name shall be there,' so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. 
30 Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive. 
 
 
 

56 "Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. NIV 
 
 

KJV 
22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: 23 And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart: 24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. 25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me. 
26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father. 27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? 
28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day: 29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place. 30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive. 

56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. KJV 
 
 

Why does God give promises? Have you heard of the practice called, name it and claim it? (One Pentecostal preacher calls it, blab it and grab it.) This practice abuses the promises of God. Do Christian who never claim the promises offend God? I think so! God gives His promises to bless us. Let's follow Solomon's example and claim the Lord's promises.
 

1.    The . . Celebration of the Claim. v 22-25 a

A. The . . Posture of the Celebration. v 22
        22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole
assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven
 

B.    The . . Pronouncement of the Celebration. v 23
        23 and said: "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on
earth below-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
 

C.    The . . Plea of the Celebration. v 24-25 a
        24 You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it-as it is today. 25 "Now LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, 'You shall never fail to have a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, . . . "

Solomon celebrated the completion of the Temple with praise to God. He praised God for His character and performance. Solomon said "with your mouth you promised and with your hand you have fulfilled." He celebrated the Lord's faithfulness.
 
 

2.    The . . Conditions of the Claim. v 23 b & 25 b

A.    Conditions in the . . Ways. v 23 b
        ". . . with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way."

B.    Conditions in the . . Walk. v 25 b
        ". . . if only your sons are careful in all they do to walk before me as you have done.' "

God's covenant has a condition of man's obedience. Solomon asked ". . . with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way." God promised to bless the nation as they remained faithful.
 
 

3.    The . . Convocation of the Claim. v 26

A.    The Convocation . . Communicated. v 26 a
        And now, O God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant. . . "
 

B.    The Convocation . . Commenced. v 26 b
        ". . . let your word that you promised your servant David my father come true.

Solomon saw the promises of God fulfilled. A convocation occurs when God's promises and the fulfillment come together. Every saved person knows the blessing of seeing God's promise to save, come together with the actual salvation experience.
 

4.    The . . Contemplation of the Claim. v 27
        27 "But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!
 

A.    Contemplated in a . . Fascination. v 27 a
        "But will God really dwell on earth?"

B.    Contemplated in a . . Finding. v 27 a
        ". . . The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple
I have built!

Solomon contemplated the omnipresence of God as he prayed. Did you ever think "who am I that I could expect the God of the universe to listen to me? How can he be here and everywhere?" We do not know other than His word says He can. Recently it dawned on me that the faith chapter says "By faith we understand . . . " (Heb. 11:3) Solomon had faith and he began to understand God could be in the Temple and everywhere else at the same time.
 
 

5.    The . . Continual Cry of the Claim. v 28-30

A.    The Continual Cry Asking God to . . Hear. v 28-29
        28 Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. 29 May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, 'My Name shall be there,' so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.
 

B.    The Continual Cry Asking God to . . Forgive. v 30
        "Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.

The king's continual cry deals with forgiveness. Do you ever get tired of confessing the same sin? Did you ever think God might get tired of hearing you confess the same sin? That idea may be a ploy of Satan as he tries to keep us from confessing. In addition, if we do not go to God with our sin problem to whom will we go? After confessing we need to repent and forsake ". . . the sin that so easily entangles, . . . "(Heb. 12 1)
 
 

6.    The . . Consistency of the Claim. v 56
        "Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel,

A.    Consistency with His . . People. v 56 a
        "Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, . . . "

B.    Consistency with His . . Promises. v 56 b
        " according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant. NASU

God did what he promised. I like the historical story that comes from the Hebrides revival. A blacksmith named John reportedly said: "Oh God, You made a promise to pour water upon him that is thirsty . . . and, Lord, it's not happening." He then said "Oh God, Your honor is at stake, and I now challenge You to fulfil Your covenant engagement and do what You have promised to do." The walls of the house began to shake and revival was born.

When I read that complete story I am amazed at the boldness of the blacksmith. But he only claimed the promises of God. God's promises and His actions are consistent. I like the expression of one evangelist as he said "if I tell you it is Christmas hang your stocking." Let us each one claim the Lord's promises. Amen? Amen!
 

James McCullen