The Atlantic Monthly (11/94) told about superstar tenors Jose
Carreras, Placido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti performing
together in Los Angeles. A reporter tried to press the issue of
competitiveness between the three men. You have to put all of
your concentration into opening
Upon completion of the temple, Solomon had all the elders of Israel and the tribal leaders assemble at Jerusalem for a great ceremonial occasion. He put in its storage rooms everything the Lord had dedicated to the Lord (v. 1). The ark of the covenant was to be brought from its temporary tent in Jerusalem (I Chronicles 16:1) to its permanent location in the new temple (v.7). This happened during the Feast of the Tabernacles in September - October. (Leviticus 23:33-36). Solomon decided to have the Ark moved to the temple while everyone was in Jerusalem to celebrate the Festival of Shelters. The people of Israel all united and focused together on the house of God (vv. 2-9).
Inside the ark of the covenant were two stone tablets of the law (v.10). The author of Hebrews wrote that the ark also contained Aaron’s rod and a pot of manna (Hebrews 9:4). These objects may have been added to the original contents sometime later than Solomon.
The presence of God and the word of God were brought into the new Jerusalem temple on this day (vv. 11-12). The people of God united together. One hundred twenty priests were with these musicians blowing trumpets . They “were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord ..." God was pleased. While their praise was ascending, the glory of the Lord descended and filled the house of God (vv. 13-14). The light was so bright that the priests could not stay inside to do their work (v. 14).
Is God pleased at the unity of your family (within the whole body of Christ) around the word of God, the presence of God and the people of God? How would He be more pleased?
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II Chronicles 2:1-10Preparations For Building The Temple
II Chronicles 2:11-18King Hiram Sent a Letter to Solomn
II Chronicles 3:1-17Solomon Begins to Build The Temple at Jerusalem
II Chronicles 4:1-22Furnishings For The Temple
II Chronicles 5:1-14The Ark of the Covenant Was Moved to The Temple
II Chronicles 6:1-11Solomon Brings a Dedication Message For The Temple
II Chronicles 6:12-21Solomon’s Prayer at The Temple Dedication
II Chronicles 6:22-31Solomon Prays For The Forgiveness of Sin
II Chronicles 6:32-42Solomon Prays For Those in Foreign Missions
II Chronicles 7:1-10Solomon Prays in a Way That Get’s Results
II Chronicles 7:11-22God’s Approval of Solomon Building The Temple
II Chronicles 8:1-18Solomon’s Greatest Achievement was Finishing The Temple