The Temple of the LORD had been completed. The LORD God told King Solomon that He had heard his prayers and supplications; He had blessed the house, which King Solomon had built, and put His name there forever; and His eyes and heart shall be there perpetually. If they will walk before the LORD, as David had walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and my judgments: Then I will establish the throne of your kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David. 1 King 8:1-66- 1 King 9:1-9.
King Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes, chief of the fathers of the children of Israel in Jerusalem so they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up. They placed the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD under the wings of the cherubim’s.
When the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD and the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. Solomon spoke to the LORD that would dwell in the thick darkness.
King Solomon told the LORD he had built the LORD a house to dwell in forever. King Solomon blessed all the congregation of Israel. The LORD had not chosen a city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house. That the name of the LORD might be therein; but He chose David to be over His people Israel. And it was in the heart of David, the father of Solomon, to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
King Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keeps covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart.
King Solomon prayed to the LORD God to hear and hearken unto the cry and to the prayers of his people. He asked the LORD for forgiveness of His people that have sinned against Him, and to have compassion before them. And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.
King Solomon stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel saying: Blessed is the LORD that has given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that He promised. The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: That the LORD may stretch their hearts unto Him, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments, statutes, and His judgments, which He commanded.
King Solomon asked that their hearts be found to be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day. That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is none else.
After the sacrifices made to the LORD God King Solomon held a feast before the LORD God for fourteen days. On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people. When Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.
The LORD God told King Solomon that He had heard his prayers and supplications; He had blessed the house, which King Solomon had built, and put His name there forever; and His eyes and heart shall be there perpetually. If they will walk before the LORD, as David had walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and my judgments: Then I will establish the throne of your kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David.
The LORD God warned King Solomon if they should turn from following His Ways and will not keep His commandments, statutes which were set before them, and they go and serve other gods, and worship them: He will cut off Israel out of the land and cast them out of His sight.
What Can This Story Teach Us?
When King Solomon had finished building the Temple for the LORD God he dedicated it to the LORD. When we are baptized or finish confirmation, which is affirming your Christian belief and then you are admitted into the church as a full member, we are dedicating ourselves to the LORD.
This means we must keep the commandments of the LORD, follow His ways that are given by the LORD God. You must fashion your life and walk in the ways of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Once you have asked Jesus into your life you become a different person and your life changes and you become a different person. That means we belong to the family of the LORD God and we are to glorify the LORD God in our body, and in our spirit which also belongs to the LORD God.
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5).
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