2 Chronicles 5:1 (NIV) 1 When all the work Solomon had done for the temple of the LORD was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicated–the silver and gold and all the furnishings–and he placed them in the treasuries of God’s temple.
On verse 1: It took Solomon seven years to build the temple of the Lord. What can we learn from this? Good things take time to build. Little by little, bit by bit, God is building us into the temple He made us to be (1 Peter 2:5). His building project in us was never meant to be done overnight, but takes a lifetime. So in case you’re prone to beating yourself up, be patient; God is not finished with you yet!
2 Chronicles 5:2, 10 (NIV) 2 Then Solomon summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the Israelite families, to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant from Zion, the City of David… 10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.
On verses 2-10: In these verses Solomon brings the ark of God, as well as the other temple furnishings, into the temple in grand fashion. He invites all of Israel on the seventh month of the year (v3) during Israel’s biggest feast of the year – the Feast of the Tabernacles – to witness the transporting of the ark to the temple. Solomon and the people offer so many sacrifices that they cannot be counted (v6). Pastor Jon Courson makes some beautiful connections between the ark of God and Jesus. For example:
The ark of God was made of acacia wood (Exodus 25:10), which never rots and is found in dry ground. Wood that never rots speaks of Jesus and how he is the holy one whose body will never see decay (Psalm16:10) and that he is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Also, like acacia wood, Jesus is described as a root out of dry ground (Isaiah 53:2).
– The exterior of acacia wood has thorns, just like Jesus wore a crown of thorns.
– The interior of acacia wood includes a gum-like substance known for its healing properties and used for medicine in the Middle East; similarly, Jesus wounds brought us healing (Isaiah 53:5).
The ark was a wooden box covered with gold. Gold symbolizes deity while wood symbolizes humanity. The gold covering the wood speaks of how Jesus was both divine and human all at once. Jesus is the God-man.
The ark contained the two tablets showing the Ten Commandments (v10). Just as the ark was the only thing that could keep God’s law, Jesus was the only one who could keep (that is, fulfill) God’s entire law and never sin.
2 Chronicles 5:11-12 (NIV) 11 The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. 12 All the Levites who were musicians–Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives–stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets.
On verses 11-12: The musicians were dressed in fine linen. Remember what fine linen represents. Revelation 19:8 says that fine linen represents the righteousness of the saints, God’s people. Praise God that because we are covered by the blood of Jesus our righteousness, we can be priests in God’s kingdom and celebrate the permanent presence of God in our lives.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14 (NIV) 13 The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.
On verses 13-14: As the musicians and singers give praise to God with one voice, the temple is filled with a cloud so thick that the priests cannot go on with the service as planned. The cloud that filled the temple is representative of God’s presence. What’s the lesson here? When God’s people give offerings generously and praise God in unity, God’s presence can be felt in a tangible way.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are good and Your love endures forever. Thank You that when we Your people give generously without restrictions and when we unite in praise, Your presence becomes tangible and strongly felt among us. Thank You that we are now Your temple (1 Corinthians 3:16) and You have deposited Jesus, Your ark, in us by the Holy Spirit. Be glorified today and may the cloud of Your presence be our cover and our joy. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!