When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.”
Show image of Solomon’s temple (to provide visual imagination).
And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house.
> Entering the house of the Lord is what priests are trained to do everyday.
> Entering the house of the Lord is what priests are trained to do everyday
> There is something about God’s glory that creates extreme amazement.
> When we see something amazing, we either reach forward to touch OR take a step back in awe. It creates a reverent fear that leads to distancing (OT). In the NT, Christ has made the way for us to approach with boldness (because of what Christ had done.)
> The fire is the same fire at the burning bush, which does not consume. It is the fire of God’s glory.
> Let us always approach God with reverence fear and confidence because of what Christ has done.
What does the dedication of Solomon’s temple tell us?
A picture that shows that grand-ness alone is not complete.
> Solomon could have declared that the temple is complete in the end of Chapter 6. But he knows it is not.
> Complete only when God inhabits the temple.
God responds to the seeking of God’s people.
3. His presence is tangible.
> Important to focus on the presence of God at our services, and not so much on the other operations to go well.