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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

2 Chronicles 5

The cloud

Summary:
Solomon put all the objects David had dedicated into the temple. He then called together all the leaders of Israel and the brought the ark, containing Moses' tablets, into the temple with countless sacrifices. The ark had really long poles.

Then everyone sang together, praising God, and God came in a cloud so powerfully that the priests had to stop.

Key verse:
14. the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

My thoughts:
This chapter talks of the ark's poles 'still being here today'. This is a bit confusing. Chronicles is certainly postexilic, so either this part of Chronicles is a carbon-copy of an older text, or the author is speaking of the existence of the poles in the new temple (I'm pretty sure the ark was lost by the time of the new temple). Or, the Chronicler is lying, which I don't really accept.

God's power is awesome. Destabilising. You'd think God wouldn't stop his people from worshipping him, but his power is so awesome that even our worship ceases because of it.

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