1 Kings 8:10-11
And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.
One can only imagine how spectacular it would have been to have witnessed the cloud, the glory of God filling the temple. The holiness of God, manifested in His glory, was so overwhelming that it completely undid a person. I believe, as these verses would suggest, that all you could do is fall on your face and worship the Lord. I believe we should spend much more time laying prostrate before our God.
1 Kings 8:22-23
22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; 23 and he said: “ Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.
I have never fully understood how we can sing worship songs with words like, “I lift up my hands” and not literally lift them up. I realize that we may be self-conscious about it or perhaps have had some bad experience with it, but we shouldn’t let that deter us. Lifting our hands to God is an acknowledgement of who He is and our complete surrender to Him. It is indicating to Him, that ‘there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You’. If we truly believe that, we shouldn’t hesitate to lift our hands to Him. It should be an automatic response to our love for Him.
1 Kings 8:38-39
whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple: 39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),
We would have never come to a place of being saved, had we not been in touch with the ‘plague of our own heart’. Once we realized that God alone knew how wicked out hearts were and that He alone could heal them, we were ready to have our heart of stone replace with a heart of flesh. A heart capable of loving and serving God.
1 Kings 8:63
And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to the Lord, twenty- two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord.
What a celebration of God’s provision this must have been! That was a lot of meat. Imagine the aroma of the meat cooking wafting throughout all of Jerusalem. The aroma would have been smelt throughout the land as a symbol that God alone was to be worshipped.
1 Kings 9:3
And the Lord said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
The eyes and heart of the Lord are still on Israel…perpetually. There are some who believe in what is known as ‘replacement theology’, meaning that the church replaced the place the Jews previously held in God’s heart. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just read Romans 11 and Revelation 7 and you see that the Lord is clearly not finished with the Jews.
1 Kings 9:8
And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and will hiss, and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house? ’
Tragically,we will see that this indeed did come to pass.