2 Chronicles 5:13-14 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
“He is good; his love endures forever.”
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.
Our text gives us the exciting account of the dedication of Solomon’s temple. This temple was the fulfillment of a promise made by God to King David. David had desired to build a permanent dwelling place for the ark of God, but was denied the privilege of doing so because he was a man of war. However, God promised David that He would give him a son who would build a magnificent temple unto the Lord. That son of course, was Solomon
As we enter into Second Chronicles, chapter five, the temple has been completed, and preparations are being made for its dedication. Solomon orders all the treasures dedicated by his father, David, as well as the instruments to be used in the service of the temple to be moved from the tabernacle to their new place in the temple.
This was a solemn occasion indeed. Israel had never known a stationary place of worship. For years they had known only the portable tent called the tabernacle. It was a constant reminder of Israel’s wilderness wanderings. However, that was all about to change.
Solomon’s temple, due to the fact it was a permanent structure, implied that God had established His people in the land of promise, never to wander again. When the temple was dedicated, the Lord demonstrated His approval in a most exciting way.
2 Chronicles 5:6 “Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.”
These sacrificial animals represented the best the worshippers had to offer. They were being offered to the Lord in worship and adoration. Worshippers of today are not required to sacrifice animals in order to worship God. They are commanded by God to sacrifice something far more valuable—their whole person. Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1). Without getting into all of the theology involved in this verse, let it suffice to say that Paul is advocating that the child of God make a full surrender to the Lord. In essence, we are to give God the sacrifices of our time, energy, talents, and even our finances for His service.
The Ark Is Placed In The Temple’s Oracle.
2 Chronicles 5:7 “And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims:”
The Ark of the Covenant was the physical symbol of the presence and power of God among His people. The lid of the ark was called the mercy seat. It was there, between the wings of the cherubim, that God’s glory appeared once a year, on the Day of Atonement, and communed with the high priest, and rolled back Israel’s sins for one more year.
Exodus 25:22 “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.”
The word “oracle” is “…a technical term for the most holy place.” The most holy place, or the Holy of Holies, as we know it, was the focal point of the temple. Every ceremony performed in the temple would have its ultimate confirmation in the Holy of Holies. Just as the Ark, representative of God’s presence and power, was returned to its revered place in the Holy of Holies, even so, must we be careful to keep the Lord as the central focus of all we do in God’s house. We must do nothing that would grieve His holy presence.
God Was Praised With Music.
2 Chronicles 5:11 “And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course: 12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)” Everyone was involved in enthusiastic praise to God.
God Was Praised For His Goodness And Mercy.
2 Chronicles 5:13 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth forever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;”
We need to praise God today for His goodness and mercy toward us. God deserves our praise simply because He hasn’t dealt with us according to what we deserve.
Psalm 103:10 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” Lamentations 3:22 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” We need to praise God today for the great salvation He has granted through faith in Christ. Romans 8:5 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us
God revealed His Righteous PRESENCE
2 Chronicles 5:13c “…then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;” This cloud was none other than the Great glory of God. This was the same cloud of God’s presence and power that appeared to the Israelites in their wilderness wanderings (Ex. 13:21-22).
The Lord’s Presence Was Overwhelming.
2 Chronicles 5:14 “So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”
Do you know what this verse says to me? It tells me that when God filled the house, the man-made order of service went right out the window. We need to be careful to leave room for God to do something different from what we’ve planned. God’s order needs to be our only order of service.
I am the Creator of Heaven and Earth
⏳ Solomon Requests Wisdom
Solomon, the son of King David, took firm control of the kingdom of Israel, and the LORD his God blessed him and made him very powerful.
They went there because that was where the Tent of the LORD's presence was located, which Moses, the LORD's servant, had made in the wilderness.
King Solomon and all the people worshiped the LORD there.
That night God appeared to Solomon and asked, What would you like me to give you?
so give me the wisdom and knowledge I need to rule over them. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?*
God replied to Solomon, *You have made the right choice. Instead of asking for wealth or treasure or fame or the death of your enemies or even for long life for yourself, you have asked for wisdom and knowledge so that you can rule my people, over whom I have made you king.
⏳ Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple
I intend to build a great temple, because our God is greater than any other god.
King David, Solomon's father, had already prepared a place for the Temple. It was in Jerusalem, on Mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared to David, at the place which Araunah the Jebusite had used as a threshing place. King Solomon began the construction
⏳ The Ark Brought into the Temple
King Solomon and all the people of Israel assembled in front of the Covenant Box and sacrificed a large number of sheep and cattle---too many to count.
Then the priests carried the Covenant Box of the LORD into the Temple and put it in the Most Holy Place, beneath the winged creatures.
The singers were accompanied in perfect harmony by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, as they praised the LORD singing: Praise the LORD, because he is good, And his love is eternal. As the priests were leaving the Temple, it was suddenly filled with a cloud shining with the dazzling light of the LORD's presence, and they could not continue the service of worship.
He prayed, * LORD God of Israel, in all heaven and earth there is no god like you. You keep your covenant with your people and show them your love when they live in wholehearted obedience to you.
Then listen to their prayers. In your home in heaven hear them and be merciful to them and forgive all the sins of your people.
⏳ Be fair with Innocent ⚖
*AS I AM.........
I AM COMING SOON
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"
Solomon prayer to the God and answers from the Lord I Kings 8 & 9 and I Chronicles 6 & 7 chapters
After King Solomon had finished building the temple, he went and stood in front of the altar, where he raised his arms and prayed to the Lord- Lord God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below! you keep your covenant with your people and show them your love when they live in whole-hearted obedience to you
Lord my God I am your servant, listen to my prayer and grant the requests I make to you today.
✝Lord answer to him, I have heard your prayer and your humble request that you made before me.
*1. "Lord God of Israel keep the promise you made to my father, you told him that there would always be one of his descendants will rule as a king of Israel, provided they obeyed as carefully as he did". so now God of Israel let everything come true that you promise to my father David your Servant.
*_If you will serve me in honesty and integrity as your father David did and if you obey my laws and do everything I havmmanded you, I will keep the promise I tim
to your father David when I told him that Israel would always be ruled by his descendants._*
2.Solomon: But can you, God really live on Earth? Not even all heaven is large enough to hold you. So how can this temple that I have built be large enough.
The Lord: I have hallowed this temple, which you have built, as the place where i shall be worshipped and to put my name there for ever
3. Solomon: When your people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against you, and shall turned against you, and when they confess and pray and make supplication to you in this temple,
Then hear you in heaven, and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which you gave to their ancestors.
Ans: I will keep my covenant with you and I will listen to your prayers. But if you shall at all turn from following me, you or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them, Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this temple, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight.
5. O Lord please watch over this temple day and night.
Lord: I will watch over it and protect it all the time.
Lord replied to the all prayer points of Solomon. The same Lord is with us. Certainly he will answer to all our prayer requests. So ask him.
2 Chronicles: 6: 19 "Yet Lord my God, give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and prayer that your servant is praying in your presence"
The beginnings of Chapters 2 to 5 show us the different steps Solomon followed to finish the temple.
Ch:2: 1 says" Solomon determined to build a house for the name of the Lord".
Ch: 3: 1 says" Solomon began to build the house of the Lord,"
Ch:4: 1 shows the works are in progress.
Ch: 5:1 says, " Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the Lord was finished."
⚡ The Scripture points out that our our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you whom you have from God ?" (1 Corinthians: 6: 19) So in order to get our temple finished, we need to determine, begin, attain progress and finish. We have a promise from the Lord that " He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians: 1: 6)
⚡ Another lesson Solomon gives is that for whatever achievements we have in our life physically or spiritually, first of all we must dedicate them to the Lord who enabled us to gain that and also must give praises and honour to God with a thankful heart.
⚡ During his temple dedication prayer, Solomon began highlighting God's holiness and faithfulness. Then he gave God credit for the success of the project and emphasized God's greatness.
⚡ After exalting God, Solomon asked him to pay special attention to every thing that happened inside the temple. He asked God to show mercy to the people of Israel and to provide for them when they confessed their sin.
Immediately after Solomon's prayer," fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices and the glory of the Lord filled the temple." (Ch: 7:1) This incredible response reminds us that the mighty God we praise and speak to when we pray is the same one who listens to and cares about our requests.
Have your ever experienced the presence of God to whom you pray?
Dr. Thomas David.
2 Chronicles 1 to 6