Reflection on 2 Chronicles 12:9

“So Sesac king of Egypt departed from Jerusalem, taking away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and of the king’s house, and he took all with him, and the golden shields that Solomon had made” (2 Chronicles 12:9)

Literal Sense:  King Sesac attacked Jerusalem and plundered the temple of the Lord and took away its treasures along with the golden shields Solomon made.

Allegorical Sense: the treasure of the Lord’s temple is plundered whenever Satan deceives a child of God by enticing them to sin.  Once this is done the treasure of the Lord, God’s Himself, is no longer our reward and is said to have been taken away from us by Satan, “then the devil cometh, and taketh the word out of their heart, lest believing they should be saved.” (Luke 8:12)

Moral Sense:  We should always be on guard because Satan is constantly attempting to rob us of our eternal treasure, which is eternity with God.

Anagogical Sense:  We may look forward to the day God’s temple will no longer be plundered, the day when nothing will be able to separate us from enjoying God as our treasure in the heavenly temple.

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