Here again we come to a lengthy portion of Scripture, this one devoted to bringing the Ark of the Covenant into the Temple. The Ark was the symbol of the presence of Jehovah, so without it the Temple was just a beautiful building. Solomon no doubt recalled what had happened to Uzzah when David tried to bring the Ark back from the Philistines, so he was careful to sacrifice many sheep and oxen and was careful to follow all the instructions he had read in the Law of Moses.
Verse 8:9 tells us that there was nothing in the Ark but the two tables of stone which Moses put there. The cloud (the glory of the Lord) filled the house of the Lord. We call this the Shekinah glory, but surprisingly that word is not found in the Scripture.
Solomon’s response to God’s visible presence provides us a rich and lengthy prayer (verses 12-53). In verse 43 and again in 60 he prays that all the people of the earth may know God’s covenant name, Jehovah. Even in this prayer of dedication for the Temple, we get a glimpse of the missionary heart of God: “that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God.”
In 9:1-9, God appears to Solomon a second time. Notice His description of David and how complete is His forgiveness of our sins.
Getting the facts #1: 2 Samuel 6:1-11
- What happened to Uzzah when he tried to keep the Ark from falling off the cart?
Getting the facts #2: Exodus 25.10-15
- What did David discover about God’s instructions regarding transporting the Ark?
Getting the facts #3: (For meditation)
- What can we learn from these two passages about good intentions?
Getting the facts #4: 1 Kings 8:60
- Solomon is asking how the gentiles may know that “Jehovah” is God. How is the name “Jehovah” printed in your Bible?
Getting the facts #5: 1 Kings 8:56 (For sharing)
- “There hath not failed one word of all his good promise.” Think about sharing a promise God has kept for you.