Pastor Hilmar Ochoa.
This is a time of peace and repose, even if the situations we are going through are opposite to peace and repose, the word of God has already been declared. The Lord said that He will give us peace and repose this year. This is the Year of Repose, it is a new beginning. We will receive the promises of God and fulfill the purpose of God. We will follow peace and the purity of the Lord will come to our lives to clean and purify us.
1 Chronicles 22:8-9 (NASB) 8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood on the earth before Me. 9 Behold, a son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.
Ecclesiastes 3 talks about 28 times described in 24 pairs, and the last pair is the time for war and the time for peace. Repose comes from peace. This is a time of peace because the battle was already fought and won by Him and He gave us peace. Basically, between David and Solomon we can see two times, the time for war and the time for peace. David was a man of war and he was involved in many wars during the 40 years that he ruled. The Lord tells him, “You shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood.”And He tells him in verse 9, “A son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies.”The Lord wants to give you rest from all your enemies. “For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.” The Lord promised to give peace and quiet in the days of Solomon and he ruled 40 years. That means that the time of war lasted 40 years and the time of peace also lasted 40 years. The Lord was telling Israel, “The period of struggle, problems and battles was long but the period of peace shall last too.” The Lord gave Israel a 40-year period of peace. A beautiful spring time after winter has been announced, this represents the repose after the war. David was not able to do many things during the 40-year battle, during winter; but now that the Lord has provided a time of peace like in the days of Solomon, we will be able to do everything that we could not do before, and this is what we call spring. Spring is a prolonged period to flourish and fructify. The days of Solomon are days of repose, based on the promise that God gave to David, “A son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side.” Many things that were not done during David’s time were done during Solomon’s time, these are our upcoming blessings.
1 Chronicles 22:10 (NASB) 10 He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son and I will be his father;
The days of repose, which are the days that we are currently living, are the days for building. David was not able to build because he lived in the time of war but Solomon was able to build because he lived in a time of repose and peace. To be able to build we need repose and peace.
1 Chronicles 22:14-16 (NASB) 14 Now behold, with great pains I have prepared for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of gold and 1,000,000 talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weight, for they are in great quantity; also timber and stone I have prepared, and you may add to them. 15 Moreover, there are many workmen with you, stonecutters and masons of stone and carpenters, and all men who are skillful in every kind of work. 16 Of the gold, the silver and the bronze and the iron there is no limit. Arise and work, and may the Lord be with you.”
Days of repose are days to work.
1 Chronicles 22:17-19 (NASB) 17 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon, saying, 18 “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has He not given you rest on every side? For He has given the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the Lord and before His people. 19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God; arise, therefore, and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the Lord.”
Days of repose are days to seek the Lord.
2 Chronicles 1:1-3 (NASB)1 Now Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and exalted him greatly. 2 Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds and to the judges and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of the fathers’ households. 3 Then Solomon and all the assembly with him went to the high place which was at Gibeon, for God’s tent of meeting was there, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness.
2 Chronicles 1:6 (NASB)6 Solomon went up there before the Lord to the bronze altar which was at the tent of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
Days of repose are days to worship.
2 Chronicles 1:7 (NASB)7 In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.”
Days of repose are days for visitation of the Lord.
2 Chronicles 1:11-12 (NASB)11 God said to Solomon, “Because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor those who will come after you.”
Days of repose are days to receive what you have asked for and what have not asked for.
2 Chronicles 1:15 (NASB)15 The king made silver and gold as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamores in the lowland.
Days of repose are days for plenty.
2 Chronicles 5:1 (NASB)1 Thus all the work that Solomon performed for the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, even the silver and the gold and all the utensils, and put them in the treasuries of the house of God.
Days of repose are days to complete what you have started.
2 Chronicles 5:2-5 (NASB)2 Then Solomon assembled to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ households of the sons of Israel, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. 3 All the men of Israel assembled themselves to the king at the feast, that is in the seventh month. 4 Then all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. 5 They brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the holy utensils which were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up.
Days of repose are days to assemble together.
2 Chronicles 5:6-7 (NASB)6 And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him before the ark, were sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be
counted or numbered. 7 Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the holy of holies, under the wings of the cherubim.
Days of repose are days for sacrifice.
2 Chronicles 5:11 (NASB) 11 When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions),
Days of repose are days for sanctification. The Lord has put a sanctity cloak on the ones that were feeling dirty and He has cleaned them up.
2 Chronicles 5:12-13 (NASB) 12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets 13 in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music,
Days of repose are days to celebrate and to play the trumpets.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14 (NASB)and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
Days of repose are days for the glory of the Lord.
The time that we are living is a glorious moment. The time of repose is a time for offering. The days of repose or days of Solomon, are days to praise.