The first worship service in the new temple is that of its dedication. We have a précis of Solomon’s speech. Notice the singing and musical theme of the service in verse 13 – He is good; His mercy is forever!
This was a big deal, a massive national event that was broadcast on all the news channels!
The Lord’s covenant promises had come to pass for Israel, for His people. King Solomon had built a house for the Lord and His ark and covenant tablets were brought into the house.
And the most amazing thing of all happened.
“… 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.”
The GLORY OF GOD filled His house!
God came down, He visited His people, He came and stood in His house!
Really, in some ways, this is the high point for Israel. It certainly would have been in the minds of the pharisees and scribes and teachers of the law in Jesus’ time.
How sad it is that they couldn’t see Jesus as God visiting in human form, the divine walking amongst them. Healing the sick. Banishing demons. Forgiving sin.
But how wonderful it is for us, to see God here in Chronicles filling His house, and to know that Jesus came as a better temple, and is building a better house!