2 Chronicles 5
Moving the Ark from David’s tent for it in Jerusalem, to the permanent temple
2 Chronicles 5:1 Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.
5:2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
The people were assembled at the Feast of Tabernacles to move the Ark to the temple and to dedicate the temple.
5:3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month. 5:4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark.
Then the priests and Levites brought up all the utensils from the tabernacle at Gibeon and the Ark from its tent in Jerusalem, to the permanent temple on the Holy Mount.
5:5 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.
These things were brought into the temple with much sacrifice, pomp and circumstance; to glorify God the King of Israel.
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.
The Ark was placed in the Most Holy Place and the curtain [heavy drapery] closed.
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: 5:8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
The carrying poles were withdrawn from the Ark and placed within the Most Holy Place so they could not be seen outside the curtain for they were a part of the throne of God.
5:9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day.
All that remained inside the box of the Ark were the two tables of stone from Sinai. It is not clear whether Aaron’s rod that budded and the pot of manna are simply not mentioned or if they had been lost by this time, perhaps during the period that the Philistines had the Ark and opened it.
5:10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.
Then the curtain was closed on the “Most Holy Place” and all the priests came out of the court of the priests or the Holy Place, blasting trumpets, playing music; and the Levitical singers praising God to dedicate the temple!
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:
The awesome occasion!
5:12 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:)
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 musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; 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.
2 Chronicles 6
Another version of the dedication of the temple by Solomon is found in 1 Kings 8 where Solomon’s prayer to God before his instructions to the people is recorded.
2 Chronicles 6:1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 6:2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. 6:3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.
This sermon of the wise Solomon to physical Israel is absolutely applicable to today’s spiritual Ekklesia. We are to look to the Eternal at all times and to live by every Word of God always.
6:4 And he said,
Blessed be the LORD God who has called a people out of bondage in Egypt to be his people!
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying, 6:5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
Blessed be the LORD God who has called a people out of the slavery of spiritual Egypt to be his spiritual Temple; and has shown mercy on his called out! The Eternal has called the spiritual Ekklesia to be his spiritual Temple set as a light of godly example, just like the physical temple was set upon a hill for all to see!
As Solomon built the physical Temple; Jesus Christ the Master Builder is building us into a spiritual Temple, if we will only allow him to live his life in us through the indwelling of his Spirit and if we live our lives as he lived and lives his life; passionately living by every Word of God.
6:7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 6:8 But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: 6:9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.
God performed his promise through Solomon and he will perform his promise through Christ: He will complete God’s spiritual Temple, like Solomon completed the physical Temple!
6:10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
The Ark of God represents the throne and presence of God the Father, and the very nature of God the Father will be placed in us through the Holy Spirit; IF we zealously root out error and replace all sin and error with the truth of God, learning and living by every Word of God!
6:11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.
6:12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: 6:13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven.
Solomon prays before all the people
6:14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: 6:15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
6:16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.
6:17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
Solomon acknowledges the greatness of God
6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! 6:19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:
6:20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place.
While Solomon was speaking about the physical temple, this is an allegory that we are always to look to the whole Word of God and to be passionately burning in zeal to follow the Eternal [regardless of what any man or organization says]!
6:21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.
Solomon asks for God’s righteous judgment and mercy from heaven. Today we have forgotten discernment between good and evil; and we call evil good and good evil.
6:22 If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house; 6:23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.
If we are persecuted or if we suffer for our faith; then we must run to our Deliverer, asking him to teach us what we should learn from the occasion and asking for his tender mercies; instead of trying to ease ourselves by compromising with the Word of God.
6:24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house; 6:25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.
Today the rain of the Holy Spirit of God has failed on the Ekklesia, because of our great pride in our sins, and our rejection of the Word of God to do as we like; quenching God’s Holy Spirit so that sin is abundant among us.
Let us sincerely repent quickly so that he can extend his mercy and pour out his Spirit upon us like rain.
6:26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; 6:27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.
May God fill and satisfy his people with the meat of the whole Word of God. Yet today the table of the LORD has been heavy laden with the meat of the whole Word of God, and the leaders and brethren of the called out have rejected the meat of truth and knowledge for their own ways and idols of men;
Because we have rejected spiritual food; so God will remove from us physical food, in order that we may learn to hunger and thirst after every Word of God! This judgment is from Jesus Christ (Rev 3:16) and is now almost at hand.
6:28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be: 6:29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house: 6:30 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:) 6:31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
Salvation is to be extended to the Gentiles!
6:32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name’s sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house; 6:33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.
When we war against the sin that entices or persecutes us; let us RUN to our Mighty One for deliverance!
Let us NEVER separate ourselves from our Deliverer by compromising with his Word, to try and deliver ourselves by our own ways and strength.
As soon as we make even the smallest compromise with the Word of God, we have separated ourselves from God and failed to overcome all sin.
6:34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name; 6:35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
If we find ourselves in tribulation for our sins, let us quickly and sincerely repent; and the Eternal will hear us and forgive us in his tender mercies.
6:36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near; 6:37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;
6:38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name: 6:39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.
6:40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness [the goodness and truth of the whole Word of God].
6:42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of [given to David and also given to us] David thy servant.
2 Chronicles 7
2 Chronicles 7:1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire [the Shekhinah, the Holy Spirit] came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 7:2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory [extreme brightness and light, as of many suns] of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house.
The holy fire [Shekinah] coming down to fill the physical temple was the presence of God through his Holy Spirit. This same fire fell upon the called out on Pentecost in 31 A.D. to publicly manifest the presence of the Holy Spirit of God coming to dwell in the spiritually called out.
In scripture the Holy Spirit is represented by fire, wind, water and pure olive oil.
7:3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
7:4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD. 7:5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.
The trumpets were sounded and the music played and the Levites sang as the sacrifices were offered. Will the marriage of the Lamb in heaven be filled with such celebration (Rev 15)?
7:6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised [praised God by the ministry of music] by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.
An extra brazen altar was dedicated to help hold the many sacrifices.
7:7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat [grain] offerings, and the fat.
The dedication of the Temple continued for seven days and the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days and then the Feast of the Eighth Day, with the nation gathered together in Jerusalem.
7:8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath [Euphrates] unto the river of Egypt. 7:9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
7:10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
7:11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.
Then the one who became Jesus Christ appeared to Solomon and answered his prayer
7:12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
Jesus Christ gave his promise to Solomon and to physical Israel; that if they turn to God and sincerely seek him in true wholehearted repentance: He WILL forgive them!
The very same promise is true for spiritual Israel today!
If we find ourselves in severe correction for our sins; if we will humble themselves, and pray, and seek God with all our hearts, and turn from our wicked ways; then God will hear from heaven, and will forgive our sins. Behold our LORD stands at our door knocking for entry, if we will only turn to him (Rev 3 Laodicea).
7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
God will hear the prayer of those who have been called out to him; if they sincerely repent and turn to him with a whole heart.
7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
Brethren, we have been called and sanctified to become the spiritual Temple of God through the indwelling of God’s Spirit; let us remove all uncleanness and sin so that the Spirit of God can dwell within us.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God [with sin or any willful compromise with the whole word and nature of God], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
2 Chronicles 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
Our eternal life and our priesthood and thrones will be established only by our zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God.
7:17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; 7:18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.
Even though we may be called out of slavery to sin like Israel was called out of Egypt; if we insist on doing evil and cleaving to false teachings and error and exalting our idols of men: we SHALL BE CORRECTED.
7:19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 7:20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.
Many have been spiritually called out to God through Christ, and we do give lip-service to God, but we have turned aside to follow our idols of men, equating following them with following the Word of God, and we act contrary to much of the Word of God.
Without any doubt, all of the corporate groups of today’s spiritual Ekklesia will be cast into the fire of affliction in the hope that we may learn to fear the Eternal and not men.
7:21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? 7:22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
Why do we call on God and pay lip service to him when we will not do what he says?
Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.