In response to my journal reading Tom asked, “For those of us who can’t access BibSac, what was Taylor’s conclusion, and why do you think he got it right?”
The reason Taylor got the application of 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 right is because he recognized that 1) “My people” in context is Israel: and not Christians or even some other modern nation. 2) “Heal their land” in context is not a call for “revival or spiritual awakening” for Christians today; it was a literal healing of the land of Israel in the form of providing rain and removing those diseases or insects that were a threat to the land. 3) While humbling oneself, praying, seeking God and repenting are applicable today, these do not carry the guarantee that one’s nation will be healed since “no nation on earth is a theocracy” (Taylor, BibSac, April-June 2011, 161). Thanks for the question, Tom.