“Then Solomon spoke: “The LORD said He would dwell in the dark cloud. I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever.” Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. And he said: “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying, ‘Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over My people Israel. Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.’ Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel. But the LORD said to my father David, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well in that it was in your heart. Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.’ So the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke, and I have filled the position of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised; and I have built the temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel. And there I have put the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD which He made with the children of Israel.”” II Chronicles 6:1-11 NKJV
From the time of Israel’s Exodus and the giving of the Covenant at Mount Sinai the Ark of God rested in a tabernacle. It was a portable tent which moved throughout Israel’s wilderness wondering. The Ark of the Covenant, representing God’s presence, remained in the tent long after Israel settled in the Promised Land, throughout the Period of Judges, and into the United Kingdom period up to King Solomon. To his credit, David desired to build a permanent house for his GOD. David even collected the finest materials available for the monumental project. But God granted the honor of building His house to Solomon, David’s heir to the throne. Upon It’s completion God’s presence filled His Temple. This passage marks the beginning of Solomon’s dedication of the Temple.
Jesus Christ built another temple, His Church. He did so by giving His life and shedding His blood. In a very real since it took His blood, sweat, and tears to complete. His life is the flawless building material, eternal! After dying on the cross, the Father raised and exalted Him above all, proving that He is the eternal heir to the throne. Christ was given all authority to rule at GOD’s right hand. His first act was to send His Holy Spirit to dwell in the newly completed Temple on the Day of Pentecost.
If you belong to Him your body is the God’s Temple, purchased with the precious blood of Christ. He lives within each of His children by His Spirit! How do you dedicated His Temple?