2 Chronicles 3:1-5:1
- All that human skill and wealth could do (note how many times the word ‘gold’ occurs in these chapters) was done. Yet it was still inadequate. Why? See Heb. 9:1-10, which, though spoken of the tabernacle, is equally applicable to the temple.
- Solomon’s temple has long since passed away (see 36:19), as have the temples that succeeded it. Is there, then, today a place where men may draw near to God? See Heb. 10:19-22.
Note. 3:3. ‘The old standard’: a reference to the cubit in use before the exile, which was a handbreadth larger than that used later.
2 Chronicles 5:2-6:11
- This was one of the great days in Israel’s history. How does Solomon interpret its significance in 6:1-11?
- We, who belong to the new covenant, are ourselves the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19). Is there any parallel between the place given here to the ark and the place we should give to Christ in our hearts? What is the ground of Christian praise, and what corresponds to the glory which ‘filled the temple’?
Note. 5:5. See Note on 1:3.