Apr. 21. Temple Dedicated

I Kin. 8:10-66; II Chron. 5:11-7:11

The day that the ark of the covenant was finally moved to its permanent location was joyous and full of worship to God. He was well pleased by the occasion. Just as He had acknowledged Moses’ obedience by His glory, He also honored Solomon by His glory. “…when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

Solomon first blessed the whole assembly of Israel. He related how that his father David had desired to build the temple, but had been prevented from doing so by God. The promise that God had made to David that his son would build it had been fulfilled.

As the dedication ceremony continued, Solomon stood before the people with his hands spread toward heaven and knelt in prayer to God. As all people are subject to sin, he asked God in his prayer for restoration for Israel as they would return to Him in repentance after periods of sinful living. He prayed that the temple would always be a place that the people could pray toward for God’s forgiveness.

After finishing his prayer, Solomon arose and blessed the people again and admonished them to, “Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments as at this day.” The day’s activities concluded with the offering of peace and burnt offerings. Fire came down from heaven and consumed those offerings. Those sacrifices were followed by another fourteen days of feasts given by Solomon.

“Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king’s house; and successfully accomplished all that came into his heart to make in the house of the Lord and in his own house.”