F I R S T K I N G S
The building and furniture of the temple were very
glorious, but the dedication of it exceeds in glory as much as
prayer and praise, the work of saints, exceed the casting of metal
and the graving of stones, the work of the craftsman. The temple
was designed for the keeping up of the correspondence between God
and his people; and here we have an account of the solemnity of
their first meeting there. I. The representatives of all Israel
were called together (ver. 1,
2), to keep a feast to the honour of God, for fourteen
days, ver. 65. II. The
priests brought the ark into the most holy place, and fixed it
there, ver. 3-9. III. God
took possession of it by a cloud, ver. 10, 11. IV. Solomon, with thankful
acknowledgments to God, informed the people touching the occasion
of their meeting, ver.
12-21. V. In a long prayer he recommended to God's
gracious acceptance all the prayers that should be made in or
towards this place, ver.
22-53. VI. He dismissed the assembly with a blessing and
an exhortation, ver.
54-61. VII. He offered abundance of sacrifices, on which
he and his people feasted, and so parted, with great satisfaction,
ver. 62-66. These were
Israel's golden days, days of the Son of man in type.