Temple Dedication Completed (2 Chronicles 7:1-10; 1 Kings 8:54-66) January 2
Solomon's prayer was answered in the most miraculous of waysa bolt of fire fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifices on the altar. Also, "the glory of the LORD filled the temple" (2 Chronicles 7:1)the awesome radiant cloud of God's presence. Thereupon the king and the elders of Israel dedicated the temple by offering sacrifices in abundance and with great joy. Following the initial days of dedication came the Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day. And Solomon "sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the good that the LORD had done for David, for Solomon, and for His people Israel." This event marks one of the few times that Israel was in harmony with God, joyful in their portion and grateful to their God.