5 Thus all the work that Solomon did for the house of the LORD was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, and stored the silver, the gold, and all the vessels in the treasuries of the house of God.
The Ark Brought to the Temple
Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast that is in the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered. Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles. And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the Holy Place before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day. There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of Egypt. And when the priests came out of the Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves, without regard to their divisions, and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD,
“For he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever,”
the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 5 Commentary
by Hank Workman
It took 7 years to build the temple. The day had finally arrived in November 959 BC for the dedication of this incredible structure giving God a place to dwell. Beautifully this was held during the Feast of Tabernacles, a celebration of God’s protection of Israel while they wandered in the desert before entering the Promised Land. The Festival was a reminder and renewal time for Israel and their commitment to God through all of their years as He had guided and protected them.
As we have read both in 1 Chronicles and here, there was great amount of detail and emphasis put on every single aspect of this construction. The Life Application Bible unpacks some of the reasons for this.
The temple was a symbol of religious authority. This was where all of Israel would come in mass to worship God.
It was a symbol of God’s Holiness. Every single detail had been ordered by God and was given with no holds barred in expense. The beauty would be a place that struck awe in people and respect for the God who had delivered them, who continued to protect.
The temple was a standing symbol of God’s covenant with them. Within was the Ark of the Covenant, a reminder of the promise of hope to all of them who were obedient. His presence would dwell there.
It was a symbol of forgiveness. All the details of the design pointed toward this. Each item was an object lesson to remind the people of their sin and seriousness of living for oneself. The penalty for sin was great but God offered forgiveness to all who would seek Him.
The temple prepared people for the Messiah. When Jesus came he fulfilled every prophecy and all of the Law.
It was a place of prayer. It was here where the people could come before God bringing the needs they had personally and as a nation.
I think on some levels we forget how powerful of a time this was for Israel. These who had wandered for years finally had a place to live. Even throughout the sordid history of their spiritual wandering, He was faithful. This edifice was a standing example of all He had done for them.
2 Chronicles 5 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
There are moments when God shows up in a mighty way and we are simply called to step back. This was one of those moments.
in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.2 Chronicles 5:13-14 NASB
The cloud of Shekinah glory was no strange sight to the people of Israel. It is mentioned many times in Scripture as representative of His presence. But this time, through praise and worship, His glory became so thick that the priests simply could not stand to minister. All they could do was sit back and let God do His thing.
“It is worthy of note that this great outpouring of the glory of God came in the context of intense and dedicated praise. God pours out His glory when His people praise Him. “We can never expect to have God in this house, or in our own houses, or in our own hearts, until we begin to praise him. Unless as a people we unanimously, with one heart, though with many tongues, extol the King of kings, farewell to the hope that he will give us his presence in the future.”Charles Spurgeon
The challenge is simple. Do we expect God to do an amazing work in our lives and the lives of others without intense and dedicated praise? It is so true that God often pours out His glory when His people praise Him.
“The glory of God had filled the house, and the priests were set aside. Where God is, man is forgotten. You will think little of the minister save for his work’s sake – you will talk the less of the man when you shall see the Master.”Charles Spurgeon
This is so true. Our heart’s desire should be for others to see Christ and forget us. That is really the heart of a humble leader.