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God’s people must obey God

1 Kings 8:61

God is very kind. He cares even about those people who oppose him (Ezekiel 18:23). He provides generously for us and for all people, although we have done nothing to deserve his kindness (Psalm 136:25; Matthew 5:44-45; Acts 14:17).

However, if we live wickedly, we have no right to expect any kindness from God (Psalm 50:16-22). His judgment is against us. God sometimes delays his punishments to give people the opportunity to turn back to him (2 Peter 3:9-11). However, unless we turn from our wicked deeds, his judgment is certain.

God has taught in his law how people should live. His commands explain clearly his standards for our lives (Exodus 20:1-17). If we neglect those commands, we ruin our relationship with God.

God’s law must be in our hearts (Deuteronomy 6:5-6). In other words, we should choose gladly and willingly to obey it. His commands should please us (Psalm 1:2). We must love God with all our heart, and we should act in love towards other people (Mark 12:29-31).

Israel’s people were eager for God to answer their prayers. That was why they built the temple, the great house of God in Jerusalem. They wanted God to live among them. However, the people who desire a right relationship with God, must not live in an evil manner. They must not have wrong and evil attitudes in their hearts or minds. At all times, their desire should be to obey God’s law and to follow all his instructions.

Next part: The great ceremony at the opening of the temple (1 Kings 8:62-64)


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