Reading through the Bible together
This is one of the most beautiful and memorable chapters of the Bible. We all have seen great meetings like World Congresses, Opening of Church administrative offices, inauguration of Churches, Rallies, etc, but nothing compares to the dedication of the Temple of Solomon! The King himself became a prophet a priest as he led the nation into one of the most brilliant chapters of the history of the people of God. Solomon did not leave any stone unturned for this great celebration! He was very meticulous and fulfilled the great desire of his father David to build a house for the Lord. He assembled everyone in the kingdom, from the leaders to the people so that they could bring the Ark of the Covenant to the city of David. There was a multitude of people. Solomon wanted this day never to be forgotten in the History of Israel! As the priests left the Holy place there was a sight and a scene which cannot be described in human terms! A cloud filled the house and the glory of God filled the Temple! The promise of God had been fulfilled! He would abide and dwell with His people! What a marvelous feeling to have His presence in the new Temple.
Solomon reviews with the people the works of the Lord since the people had left Egypt. He told them again of the great desire of David to build a House for the Lord and that he had set his mind to follow his father's wishes. The Temple was done and it was magnificent!. E.G. White says,"Of surpassing beauty and unrivaled splendor was the palatial building which Solomon and his associates erected for God and His Worship" (PK, 36).
The culmination of this awesome day was the prayer of Solomon! It is one of the most beautiful prayers of the Bible. After his Dedicatory address Solomon knelt down for the Dedicatory Prayer! He addresses God in different ways: Lord God of Israel, O God of Israel, O Lord my God, and O Lord God! He presents to the Lord four major requests: 1. For God to watch the Temple day and night; 2.For God to hear his prayers; 3. For God to hear all the prayers of Israel; 4. For God to answer and forgive. What Solomon wanted to convey to the nation, to the world and to all of us "that all people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else" (v. 60).
Retired GC Vice-President