A plague or illness of the heart

“(…) when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house: Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)” 2 Chronicles 6:29-30

In 2 Chronicles 6 the temple of Solomon is dedicated. Part of the ceremony was Solomon’s prayer about this house (verse 20) of YHWH. Solomon mentions a number of situations in his prayer, such as sin by laying up an oath, and besiege of enemies and withholding rain caused by sin of the people. In all these situations, it is Solomons request that YHWH – whenever these sins are confessed in His house – listens, judges, forgives or gives rain.

When Solomon mentions a sore (or: plague (negah)) or grief (or: physical or mental pain (makob)) in verses 29-30, he also asks if YHWH will listen and forgive. A notable difference with the other situations Solomon mentions, is that he makes a connection here with the heart. Solomon connects a plague and grief to the heart of man.

A plague or grief (pain/illness) refers to the sick heart of man, sick of lies and delusions: the ‘thoughts’ of the heart of man who, according to Genesis 6:5, are ‘evil continually’. In the history of the rebellion of Korah (Numbers 16) there is also a plague caused by the state of the people’s heart: they rebelled against Moses and Aaron, who had been appointed by YHWH Himself.

How can we be healed from this plague or illness of our heart? Verse 31 continues with an answer:

“That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.” 2 Chronicles 6:31

Our ways become His ways, when His thoughts become our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). Lies and delusions make our heart sick. His truth (His thoughts) heals our heart.