So all the work that Solomon had performed for the house of the LORD was completed. Then Solomon brought in the items his father David had dedicated--the silver, the gold, and all the furnishings--and he placed them in the treasuries of the house of God.
I. IT IS GROUND FOR CONGRATULATION. We may congratulate ourselves and receive the felicitation of our friends that we have been spared long enough in health and strength; that we have had patience to endure all the vexations, skill and determination to surmount all the difficulties, resolution to proceed in spite of all the disappointments that we have been called to confront; that we have had the steadfastness of soul that enabled us to pursue our aim until the goal was reached and the work was done. The path of human life is strewn with failures, with abortive attempts to do what was unattainable, with half-built towers which those who began but were unable to finish (Luke 14:28-30); well will it be for us if those who shall speak or write of us are able to record that we finished what we took in hand. Persistency is a characteristic to be carefully cultivated, and to be exemplified all through our life.
II. IT IS AN OCCASION FOR THANKFULNESS.
1. That we have been able to conclude any work on which we have set our heart, if it be a right and worthy ambition we have cherished, is reason enough for gratitude to God. For all bodily health, all mental faculty, all moral vigour and capacity, have come ultimately from him.
2. And if we have been able to do something that will last, we have especial reason for thankfulness. What better thing can we hope for or deserve than that we should be the means of effecting that which will be speaking and working when our tongue is silent and our hand is still in death? We should bless our God with peculiar fervour that he has thus employed us; that, through his grace and power resting upon us and our endeavour, we have so wrought that, when we are dead, we shall still be speaking (Hebrews 11:4); that, perhaps, long years and even generations after we have been forgotten, the work we did will be imparting a blessing to the children of men, to heal, to comfort, to enlighten, to renew.
III. IT MAY BE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION. When Solomon finished the building of the temple he had many years to reign; there was abundance of strength and energy remaining in him to begin and finish other works. And if we are rightly affected by what we have wrought, we shall not say, "I have accomplished something; I will now take my ease and spend my time in enjoyment." On the contrary, we shall say, "I have proved that it is in my power to do one good thing for my Master and my fellow-men; I will commence another. I will still further trust the kindness of my heavenly Father, and draw upon his resources with which to labour and to persevere, until the end again crowns the work." So the conclusion of one solid achievement will be an inspiration to begin another, as it has been in very many instances in the lives of the good and true. - C.
Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the Lord was finished.I. DAVID BEFORE HIS DEATH DEDICATED CERTAIN TREASURES TO GOD.
II. SOLOMON MOST SCRUPULOUS IN CARRYING OUT HIS FATHER'S WISH.
III. SOLOMON'S EXAMPLE WORTHY OF OUR IMITATION.
II. The power to accomplish this work SHOULD BE ASCRIBED TO GOD.
III. Hence in every undertaking WE SHOULD ASK FOR GOD'S DIRECTION.
(J. Parker, D.D.)
PeopleAsaph, David, Heman, Israelites, Jeduthun, Levites, Solomon
PlacesEgypt, Holy Place, Horeb, Jerusalem, Most Holy Place, Zion
TopicsBringeth, Complete, David, Dedicated, Finished, Furnishings, God's, Gold, Hallowed, Holy, Instruments, Performed, Placed, Sanctified, Silver, Solomon, Stored, Store-houses, Temple, Thus, Treasures, Treasuries, Utensils, Vessels, Wrought
Outline1. The dedicated treasures
2. The solemn induction of the ark into the oracle
11. God being praised, gives a visible sign of his favor
Dictionary of Bible Themes2 Chronicles 5:1
The comparative indifference with which Chronicles is regarded in modern times by all but professional scholars seems to have been shared by the ancient Jewish church. Though written by the same hand as wrote Ezra-Nehemiah, and forming, together with these books, a continuous history of Judah, it is placed after them in the Hebrew Bible, of which it forms the concluding book; and this no doubt points to the fact that it attained canonical distinction later than they. Nor is this unnatural. The book …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
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