Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 6:1-11. Let’s go!
2 Chronicles 6:1-3 (NIV)
1 Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;
2 I have built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.”
3 While the whole assembly of Israel was standing there, the king turned around and blessed them.
On verses 1-2: Remember that just before Solomon speaks in verse 1, to everyone’s surprise a cloud representing God’s glory has miraculously filled the temple (see 5:13-14). It’s a glorious, unexpected and possibly scary sight. As Solomon wants to continue on with the temple dedication service, his segue way is brilliant. By saying, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud” (v1), Solomon reminds the people how in famous times past God also appeared to Moses in a cloud and thick darkness (Exodus 20:21; Psalm 97:2). In this way, Solomon reassures the people that God is with them. He helps them to see that the way God is working in their midst right now is consistent with how God has worked in times past. Solomon also shows the people the significance of this present moment, as they get to dedicate a temple as God’s new dwelling place (v2).