An exalted house for the Lord 

Old Testament: 2Ch 6.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 4–6 on June 1, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

When Solomon completed the construction of the Lord’s house in Jerusalem, Solomon called all Israel to the dedication. After the glory of the Lord entered the new temple, so much so that the priests could not minister in it, Solomon began with a declaration: 

Then Solomon spoke:

“The LORD said He would dwell in the dark cloud.
I have surely built You an exalted house,
And a place for You to dwell in forever.”

– 2 Chronicles 6.1–2 

What a sight that must have been! The Lord dwelt in the dark cloud that his glory would be restrained, otherwise, no human present would have survived the experience. 

The house Solomon built was gloriously beautiful, and it pleased the Lord, and he dwelt in it. He should have been able to stay there forever, but later Israel and Judah would follow other gods, so he would eventually forsake this beautiful house, and he would send in the Babylonians to obliterate it. 

Let us remember the great glory of the Lord and that some day, we shall dwell in his presence and see his glory. 

Questions: 

  • Was Solomon’s temple large enough to contain God? 
  • Do you ever imagine how God looks in his glory? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com

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