“Joyful and Glad of Heart”
The people continued worshipping.
The people continued celebrating the Lord.
2 Ch 7:7-10
And Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD,
for there he offered the burnt offering and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar Solomon had made could not hold the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat.
At that time Solomon held the feast for seven days, and all Israel with him,
a very great assembly, from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of Egypt.
And on the eighth day they held a solemn assembly,
for they had kept the dedication of the altar seven days and the feast seven days.
On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their homes,
joyful and glad of heart for the prosperity that the LORD had granted to David and to Solomon and to Israel his people.
The offerings overflowed.
A great feast was held for seven days.
On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly…a holy convocation.
Then, on 7/23, (seventh month, twenty-third day) the people were sent to their homes.
(This parallels the timing we see in Leviticus 23:33+ and the feast of Tabernacles/Booths)
The people were joyful.
The people were glad of heart for the prosperity granted by the Lord to David/Solomon/Israel.
The Temple was completed.
The Temple was filled with the Presence of the Lord.
All is well.
Everything will be fine now…or would it?
The offerings and sacrifice were consumed by fire from heaven.
The Temple was filled with the Glory of the Lord.
Now, that is an answer to a prayer!
Solomon and the people saw it all.
How did they respond?
They worshipped more.
They offered more sacrifice.
Then the king and all the people offered sacrifice before the LORD.
King Solomon offered as a sacrifice 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep.
So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.
The priests stood at their posts;
the Levites also, with the instruments for music to the LORD that King David had made for giving thanks to the LORD—for his steadfast love endures forever—whenever David offered praises by their ministry; opposite them the priests sounded trumpets, and all Israel stood.
And Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD, for there he offered the burnt offering and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar Solomon had made could not hold the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat.
May we do likewise.
May we break forth in an abundance of thanks giving for all He has done.
May we worship with every breath.
May we rejoice in that which He done in every True Believer.
May we boldly stand our post, filled by Him, to His praise, glory and honor.
“Fire & Glory”
Solomon finished praying.
Wonder if/how the Lord responded?
We are told…in vivid detail.
2 Ch 7:1-3
As soon as Solomon finished his prayer,
fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices,
and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD,
because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’s house.
When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Two things happened.
- Fire came down from heaven and consumed the offering and sacrifices
- The Glory of the Lord filled/on the Temple.
Can you imagine?
How did the people respond?
- They bowed with their faces to the ground…on the pavement.
- They worshipped.
- They gave thanks to the Lord
- They declared “He is good for His steadfast love endures forever”!
The priests literally could not enter the house of the Lord due to the glory of the Lord.
Wonder what that means?
Could they not see?
Is there such a “weight” to the glory of the Lord? I suspect so.
The Lord received the offerings/sacrifice.
The Lord received the prayer.
The Lord was pleased.
“Now, God…Arise, Let…”
Solomon comes to the end of his prayer…
2 Ch 6:40-42
“Now, O my God, I pray,
let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.
“Now therefore arise, O LORD God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your might;
let Your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation
and let Your godly ones rejoice in what is good.
“O LORD God, do not turn away the face of Your anointed;
remember Your lovingkindness to Your servant David.”
Solomon asked for the Lord to be attentive to his prayer.
Eyes/ears open and attentive.
The Lord God is Spirit.
Solomon used “anthropomorphic” phrasing to express an idea - the attributing of human/created elements to the Most High.
Solomon then stated “now therefore”…now, in light of all my prayer…”Arise, Lord…”
A request for the Lord to arise “to Your resting place” - the Holy of Holies.
The Most High and His Ark of Might (that gives us some insight into the Ark).
Solomon asked the Lord to clothe the priest with salvation, to let the godly rejoice.
Then, lastly, Solomon asked the Lord to not turn away His face from him.
His anointed King.
He ask the Lord to remember His lovingkindness to His servant David.
To remember through Solomon.
Solomon had poured out his heart to the Lord.
Wonder what the response will be…?