I Kings 8:1-66
: The work is finished, but Solomon realizes that all is vain unless the Lord blesses the work. Solomon pleads with the Lord that the temple would be a place of prayer and that all prayers directed toward it would be heard of the Lord and answered.
The elders of Israel, heads of the tribes, and chief of the fathers
Assembled to King Solomon in Jerusalem
Assembled for the bringing up of the ark of the covenant
Where it came from?
: We need God in every move we make/take!
“David and those involved in transporting the ark erred in several ways.
, they had already lost the awe and reverence one should have for the holiness of God.
, they had forgotten the clear instructions God set down in the law for the transporting of the ark.” (Bible.org)
The blessing of the Lord comes as a thick cloud: The Shekinah!
: Even when we fail you God, please don’t fail us!
4. THE BLESSING OF THE CONGREGATION
1 Kings 8:54-61
Solomon Rose from His Prayer (
Solomon Blessed the Congregation (
He spoke of God’s faithfulness (,59-60).
He spoke of the need for their faithfulness (
The Peace Offerings Dedicating the House of the Lord (
The king and all Israel offered ().
The Hallowed Middle Court for the Abundance of Offerings (
With burnt offerings, meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings
The brazen altar was too little to receive the offerings.
What do we bring to dedication:
: The house of the Lord is finished and has been dedicated by prayer and sacrifice. The people return to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord has done for David his servant and for Israel his people.
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