Written by Kevin L. Howard   


Purpose of sermon: To show God's faithfulness in answering prayer and in responding to his people.


Introduction: God's people can know his faithfulness.  He is more willing to show himself faithful than we are to see.  There can be true peace, rejoicing, and prosperity as people come to him on his terms.


1. God's manifestation in the temple.

a. Fire from heaven.

b. Glory of the Lord filled house. (Worship)


2. God's magnification through the rejoicing.

a. Sacrifices offered.

b. Festivals celebrated.


3. God's message for the people.

a. Requirements for the people to know God.

b. Consequences for their obedience.

c. Consequences for their disobedience.


Conclusion: Calling upon the Lord requires a complete surrender to hear what he says, and an active willingness to practice what he commands.  If God wants the best for Israel, then it can safely be assumed that he wants the best (i.e., our knowing and enjoying him) for those who believe on him today.  God is faithful to his Word, whether bringing blessing or cursing.


Timeless Truths:

1. The Lord answers prayer.

2. Repentance comes before prosperity (i.e., enjoying God).

3. God wants us humble.

4. God wants us to pray.

5. God wants us to seek his face.

6. God is true to his promises.

7. Worship and obedience go together.

8. There are severe consequences for rebelling against God.

9. God does the miraculous.

10. God's people have a right to rejoice in him.

11. God takes sin seriously.

12. "God is a coming down kind of a God" (Gary Galeotti).