Today’s Reading is 2 Chronicles 5:2-14.
The dedication of Solomon’s temple is a huge production – a national convention: Then King Solomon summoned all the leaders of the tribes and clans of Israel to assemble in Jerusalem.
Here is what happened:
The Covenant Box and the Tent of the LORD’s presence were brought into the newly built temple.
Well, the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle are representations of God’s presence. As such they are dangerous. You cannot let God run free. You better contain God in a nice secure building. God is as radioactive as the nuclear material in our power plants – better to be sealed off. People have always refused to allow God to be part of everyday life: Too big, too scary, too hard to be managed. Let’s put God in a nice holy place and we’ll go visit eventually – maybe Sabbath or Sunday or so.