Archive for January 3rd, 2013

1 Kings 8

1 Kings 8 has Solomon moving things into the new House of the Lord.  It was celebration time.  He called together his leaders: “the elders….the heads of the tribes….the leaders of the fathers’ houses….all the men….the priests” – the entire leadership were together for this big event.  They were there to move things into the house of the Lord and get things all set up took up the ark. Solomon had a big party happening as there were “sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered”.  Can you imagine the chaos going on?  Lots of action.

So what happens at this event?  God moves in.  “And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord….the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord”.  Can you imagine the scene.  They come to the new House of the Lord to dedicate it and God shows up.  What a powerful day that would be.  “Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel…. Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the Lord….your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name….the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made”.  Talk about legacy.  Solomon stands before the entire people of Israel and reminds them of God’s faithfulness and plan.  God has intended that David build His house, but Solomon picks up the task and now has finished it.

Solomon makes sure that all the people know that this moment is not his, but God’s.  He “spread out his hands toward heaven….there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart”.  Solomon makes it clear that God has been the One who allowed all this to happen.  And then he reminds them of their responsibility in all of this.  “You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me”.  There are some things that need to be done by all the people – primarily obedience.  And remembering God for who He is.  “That your eyes may be open night and day toward this house….that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place”.  What a glorious time of celebration.

Solomon goes on to remind the people that God listens and hears their prayers.  He went through a long list of things that they may need to call out to God about.  And then he calls them together for a final blessing.  “Now as Solomon finished offering all this prayer and plea to the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had knelt with hands outstretched toward heaven….he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice”.  A fitting finish to an awesome celebration.  His benediction called for God to stay close, and the people to stay obedient.  Great counsel for us today as we walk with the Lord.  “May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers”.

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