2 Chronicles 5

2 Chronicles 5 says “all the work that Solomon did for the house of the Lord was finished”.  Solomon has finished the task at hand.  He has done what David was never able to complete – a permanent home for God.  So Solomon now moves forward to dedicate things the way David had intended.  His father had collected silver and gold and vessels which are now moved into the treasury in the house of God.  So things have gone well but it is time to get all the people together to dedicate things.

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”.  The one big thing that was missing was the Ark, and now Solomon has people bringing that to the Temple.  But what stands out here is that it wasn’t a small group that was part of this process.  He has:

  • All the men of Israel
  • All the elders
  • All the congregation

Notice anything telling here?  The word ‘all’ is used over and over.  This wasn’t just a celebration – it was for all people!

It was a big party.  Scripture tells us they were “sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered”.  There was quite a celebration going on.  We are also told there wasn’t much in the Ark.  “There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses put there”.  At an earlier point in Israel’s history there were three items in the Ark of the Covenant. Earlier, inside the ark were the golden pot that had the manna (Exodus 16:33), Aaron’s rod that budded (Numbers 17:6-11), and the tablets of the covenant (Exodus 25:16). We don’t know what happened to the golden pot of manna and Aaron’s rod, but they were not in the ark when Solomon set it in the most holy place.

But what was the biggest thing that happened as they celebrated?  God showed up.  “The priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God”.  It is hard to define the glory of God; we could call it the radiant outshining of His character and presence. Here it is manifested in a cloud.  God 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.

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