Journey Through The Scriptures
Lesson 4: Dedication of the Temple
(Scripture to Read: 1 Kings 8:1–66)
First Kings 8 is one of the Bible’s longer chapters, but it will richly repay your careful study. The magnificent prayer offered by Solomon at the dedication of the first Temple is a model prayer from which we can learn much in terms of how to express our praise and petitions to God. The centerpiece of this great ceremony was the transporting of the Ark of the Covenant from the tabernacle David had built for it (2 Samuel 6:17) to its installation in the Temple between the golden cherubim. We can only imagine the joy the Israelites felt as the Ark was carried through the streets of Jerusalem to its new home.
God had chosen to place His “Name,” standing for all that He is, in Jerusalem, and the Temple would be a holy sanctuary for His presence. Solomon praised God for keeping His promise to allow David’s son to build Him a temple, and made requests for God’s presence, protection, forgiveness, mercy, and victory for Israel. The number of sacrifices offered is mind-boggling, but was well within Solomon’s ability to provide. The Temple dedication coincided with the Feast of Tabernacles, which was celebrated for two weeks instead of one in honor of this great occasion.
- What was the significance of the cloud that filled the Temple (v. 11)?
- Why was building this great Temple so important to Solomon?
- What was the significance of the Ark being in the Temple?
- During his prayer, Solomon acknowledged that the continuation of God’s promises depended upon the faithfulness of His people (vv. 25–26). What lesson does Solomon’s later life teach us about the importance of being faithful to the Lord?
- Why was it fitting that the Temple’s dedication occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles?
Something to Think About
We will likely never have an assignment as daunting as Solomon’s in the building of the Temple. But we can exhibit the same dedication to honor God and fulfill His purposes in the daily tasks He gives us to do.