One of the biggest events to ever take place before Jesus’s coming was the building of the house of the Lord. This was a monumental occasion that the children of Israel and their families would remember from generation to generation. It is in this holy place where the ark of the covenant was brought into from the house of David. No longer did people need to be carrying the tabernacle of the congregation from place to place, for it would be stationary in God’s house. It was written in 2 Chronicles 5, that when it arrived at its rightful place, the house of the lord, 1“king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.” (2 Chronicles 5:6) This sacrificial offering, being in the similitude of the last offering for sin, which Jesus sacrificed His life for the payment of sins, last of all on the cross.
The dwelling place for the ark of the covenant was to be in the holy of holies, in between the two cherubims. And here is the reason for them to be under the wings of these angelic figures. It reads that 1“the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims: For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.” (2 Chronicles 5:7,8) So the ark was protected by God and His angels in this holy place, where only priests that were worthy could enter in. And because God’s house was built up in the like manner as He desired and not man, it was a very holy place unto the Lord God indeed. It is said that after the ark was situated and the priests came out of the holy place, the Levites began to praise the Lord through music and song. It was so spectacular that God’s presence came in as the form of a cloud, which filled the temple.
In this chapter, it is written that 1“the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:) It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:12-14) All I can is wow. I am in awe at what just occurred. I can just imagine house the people felt when God’s presence filled this place.
My friends, as the Levites were praising God through music and song in perfect harmony to God, His presence did come into the house of the Lord. This cloud was just like what happened on the day of Pentecost, where people were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues. It is recorded that 2“when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4) Isn’t this resemblance so cool? Just know that this temple was where God’s presence would dwell until Jesus died and was resurrected. Now, the Holy Spirit is not kept in a building but is with us all now as a comforter, for all people that believe in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for all that You do for me, God. Surely, Your mercy endures forever. As I rest in Your presence at this hour, do I sing out in praises to Your great Name. I exalt You, Lord. Let Your Name be lifted high. Here my voice and acknowledge me this day. Give ear to my words, for I am Yours. Above all else do I wish that You would do a work in my life. I do not wish to have my flesh get in the way of accomplishing Your will any longer. I acknowledge that You, Jesus, is my Savior and my Lord. Remember me now and forever, as I seek You each day in the Bible, prayer, and in doing good towards others. I will follow You wherever You lead me. Take my hand and guide my path in the ways of righteousness. Holy, holy, is Your Name, and I wish to dwell only in Your holiness. Make in me a clean heart, where the Holy Spirit can dwell in. I have cleaned out my closets so that nothing can come before You any longer. But if there is anything left in me that still defiles me, destroy it. Make me pure before You, so that the devil will no longer have his way in my life. Lead me from temptation, dear God. Build me up in Your armor, that I may fight the enemy with the Word of God, which is my sword and shield. I pray that I may not fall victim to the enemy, but always be found in Your arms. I am truly sorry, if I have wronged You, and wish to be made whole, once again. I love You more than this world can offer me. I know that the things that I can obtain in the flesh are only temporary, and my desire is to have Your love in my life at all times. Your joy is eternal, which overwhelms my soul with gladness. Thank You for delivering to me Your peace and Your mercy. I am forgiven because You are merciful and gracious to allow me into Your fold. I love You, Lord. You are my God and the rock upon which I stand. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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