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And All Israel Stood

June 18, 2015
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When I read this fascinating account of when the glory of the Lord fills the temple and how the people of Israel react in this moment, it gives me chills. What an awesome point in time in our Judeo-Christian heritage. Can you imagine with me just for a second about having the Shekinah glory and radiance of the Lord before your very eyes? It is enough for me to want to stand up and shout, “Halleluiah and praise be to God!”

2 Chronicles 7:6 – “And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of music of the Lord, which David the king had made to praise the Lord, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.”

What is even more exciting and insightful are the circumstances that preceded this miraculous and supernatural event. Can you guess? Yes, it was a time of prayer and dedication unto the Lord! 

This particular setting was especially significant in that it was the culmination of one of the most prosperous spiritual periods in the history of the nation of Israel. In a sense, they had it all. They had the right king, the right spirit, the right motivation, the right praise, along with an intense desire and unity to serve the Lord.

The Right King – King Solomon was a humble servant determined to aptly judge this peculiar (separate) people, Israel. God’s choice of using King Solomon to build the temple was especially evident and poignant when God visited him and offered a commendation.    

2 Chronicles 1:8-12 – “And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast showed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honor, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like”.

Well, there it is. Solomon was only concerned with serving the people and wanted the wisdom and knowledge to be able to do so. He was selfless in the face of his imminent kingship, dominionship, and authority over all the land. 

The Right Spirit – God’s people showed a willingness to do what was right. They wanted the moment to be shrouded in praise, adoration, generosity and a willing sacrifice unto their Lord.

2 Chronicles 5:4-6 – “And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up. Also 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”.

His people were in such a state of worship that the animals that were being sacrificed on the altar could not be numbered. I guess you could say that it was untold and unimagined spiritual sacrifice and generosity.

The Right Motivation – The motivation of both Solomon and the congregation of Israel is evident as the dedication service unfolds. Scripture reveals that discussions of humility, prayer, supplication, confession, forgiveness, fear, righteous judgment, and blessings were all part of this holy and solemn event. The following verses capture a hint of the true spirit of the occasion.  

2 Chronicles 6:12-14 – “And he stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven, And said, O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and showest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day”.

2 Chronicles 6:21 – “Hearken therefore unto the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive”.

There kneeled King Solomon on a scaffold with his outstretched hands toward heaven above. Oh, if the human mind could only wrap itself around such a deep, moving, and spiritually significance event.

The Right Praise – It makes one wonder if the choir that we read about in 2 Chronicles (below) will be heard again one day when we get to heaven. What an awe inspiring and majestic description of what God’s people are capable of when they unite around praise and thanksgiving.  

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 – “It came 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 music, 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”.

Are you starting to understand the significance of the event? Can you envision the beauty of the moment? An angelic symphony so powerful and so full of the joy of the Lord that you feel like you are being transported before the Lord himself. Well, we will simply have to wait for that one.

The Right Unity – There is no question that the nation of Israel was all of one accord in this period of their history. There was so much unity in the Spirit of God that Solomon even mentioned the strangers that were in the land during his dedication prayer. The spirit of the people were even melted toward the strangers during this time period.

2 Chronicles 6:32-33 – “Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name’s sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house;

Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by my name”.  

So it appears that when “all Israel stood” that God was working in that nation in a special and meaningful way. Both Jew and stranger alike who were willing to submit themselves to a righteous God were included in the holy proclamation from King Solomon.

So let us now try and make application to today’s Christians. What would make you stand in reverence and in awe before our Maker? What conditions would have to be present this side of heaven to motivate you to desire the right king (King Jesus), the right spirit, the right motivation, the right praise, along with an intense desire and unity to serve the Lord? Fortunately, our Creator has designed these conditions for us here on this earth. Each Sunday, we have the privilege to “stand” before our God, and give praise and adoration to His name. We have the privilege to choose unity with the brethren; to choose to put on the mind of Christ with the right spirit and motivation; to choose to praise our Saviour with an intense desire to see His face; to choose to rightly divide the Word of God. Joy unspeakable and full of glory! 

2 Corinthians 5:2 – “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:”     


Comments

Damian June 19, 2015 @ 9:52AM
This particular passage is a phenomenal passage. I love after 2Chron 6 going into 7 where after the worship and the leadership of Solomon praising God, confessing sin, and supplicating before God, that perfect fire comes from heaven and consumes the sacrifice, the glory of the LORD fills the temple, and God's people bow their heads to the pavement and say "For He is Good and his Mercy endureth forever! After God certifies their worship with fire from heaven...he later says "Now my eyes and ears are attent unto the prayer of this place...May God's hear the prayers of our hearts when we share the same characteristics as mentioned in this article. Great insights!

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