2 Chronicles 7:1
When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
The Divine ApprovalW. Clarkson 2 Chronicles 7:1-3
The Acceptance of Solomon's PrayerT. Whitelaw 2 Chronicles 7:1-7
A Dedication ServiceHomiletic Review2 Chronicles 7:1-10
God Among His PeopleT. Thoresby.2 Chronicles 7:1-10

The incident here recorded was one that must have lived for ever in the memory of those who witnessed it. The occasion itself was of surpassing interest; all the accessories were fitted to deepen the impression; and when the miraculous fire came down from heaven upon the altar, there was an event which every present Israelite must have delighted to describe in after-days to those who did not witness it. Its significance was twofold. It was -

I. A MANIFESTATION OF THE DIVINE PRESENCE AND GLORY. For that fire, and the "glory of the Lord" filling the house of the Lord, spake of the present God and of his glory; and before it the priests retired and the people bowed down in reverential worship, "with their faces to the ground? The scene carries with it a summons to constant reverence.

1. Reverence in all worship; for God is as truly, though not as miraculously and manifestly, present in his sanctuary to-day as he was on this "high day" at Jerusalem.

2. Reverence of spirit at all times and everywhere. For may we not say that the whole earth is "the house of the Lord," and that it is filled with his presence and his glory? All the objects of nature that we are looking upon, all the processes of nature that we are watching, all creature life and gladness, attest his presence and his power. "The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord," and therefore of the glory of the Lord (Psalm 33:5 with Exodus 33:19). Reverently, therefore, should we walk through the world, as those who feel that God is very near us, that we "stand before God," that his hand is working for us in the air and on the earth, that he is the One "with whom we have to do" always, in whom everywhere we live and move and have our being.

II. AN ASSURANCE OF THE DIVINE APPROVAL. The descending flame was the surest and strongest possible indication that all the work of the past years had been approved, and that Jehovah accepted the house which had been built as his own. It was right enough, therefore, for the assembled multitude to be not only affected with awe, but to be filled with thankfulness and sacred joy, as they sang, "The Lord is good; his mercy endureth for ever." The approval of God was everything to Israel. It was much, very much indeed, for what it was in itself; it was much also as an absolute assurance of national prosperity. Respecting the Divine approval, it:

1. Should be the first object of our heart's desire. For if we do not possess the favour of God, our heavenly Father, all other advantages are of little worth, and should wholly fail to satisfy us; while, if we do possess his favour, all difficulties, and even all distresses, may be patiently borne and even cheerfully accepted. To be the children and the heirs of God (Romans 8:17) is to be and to inherit that which is of transcendent worth.

2. Must be sought in the divinely appointed way; and that is, by the cordial acceptance of his Son as our Saviour, Lord, and Friend.

3. Will awaken our deepest joy and call forth our most fervent praise. We too shall celebrate the "goodness" and the "mercy" of the Lord; his praise will be continually upon our lips.

4. Must be maintained by faithfulness unto the end. For it is only when we "abide in him," and continue to "keep his commandments," that his love and his joy "abide in us" (John 15:6-11). - C.

Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven.
I. PRAYER FOR GOD TO COME. This prayer was marked —

1. By its publicity.

(1)Public prayer, formally or virtually, has been the custom among all nations at all times.

(2)It is a "reasonable service."

(3)It is an impressive service. It evokes sympathy.

2. By its specialty.

3. By its success.


1. By symbol.

2. Permanently.

3. A source of blessedness. If God be among His people —

(1)He will help His ministers.

(2)The preaching of Christ will be a glory, a blessing, a satisfaction, a source of refreshment to the soul.

3. His providence will wear a very different aspect; in the darkest day we shall feel that all is well

4. The realisation of His presence will give the best idea of heaven — fits them for it and makes them desire it.


1. The theme of their praise: God's mercy.

2. Its timeliness.

3. Its acceptableness.Conclusion:

1. Learn the value of public worship.

2. Make it a test of your character.

3. Learn the privilege of true worshippers. It is a delightful employment. "Come thou with us, and we will do thee good," etc.

4. You may ask, "What can we do to benefit by public worship?" Come to meet with God. Come in a prayerful spirit. Come with a thankful heart. Take heed what you hear. Be not forgetful hearers. Follow all with prayer that "the Word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified."

5. What can we do to promote it?

(1)Attend it regularly, punctually, and solemnly.

(2)Give your money abundantly and cheerfully to support it.

(T. Thoresby.)

Homiletic Review.
The light and fire, "the glory of the Lord," that came down were symbols.

I. Something SUPERNATURAL. Solomon with all his wisdom, and Huram's artisans with all their skill, could not have invented that. The king was as impotent before it as the lowest slave from his provinces was before him. So there is an "unprogrammed" part of the service which is being conducted by the powers of another world. Strange forces have made the edifice their dwelling.

II. That glory was not merely a supernatural phenomenon, something sent from God; IT SYMBOLED GOD HIMSELF. Shekinah means dwelling. When our version reads, "I will dwell among Israel," the Hebrew says, "I will shekinah among them." God is here.


IV. THE SHEKINAH REMAINED IN THE TEMPLE. Though the outer glow of it was withdrawn, a gleam of it lingered within the Holy of Holies, illumining that windowless apartment, dropping its softened light upon the ark of the covenant, with its tables of the law, its golden mercy-seat, and the cherubim of life. So God will remain with us; and the sign of His presence will be that a light falls upon the Bible, our ark of covenant, making its laws of righteousness gleam into our consciences, its assurance of grace fill us with peace, and its promise of life glow in our hopes until we enter that temple where "the Lamb is the light thereof."

(Homiletic Review.)

David, Israelites, Levites, Solomon
Brook of Egypt, Egypt, Jerusalem, Lebo-hamath
Burning, Burnt, Burnt-offering, Consumed, Consumeth, Ended, Filled, Finished, Finishing, Fire, Full, Glory, Heaven, Heavens, Honour, Offering, Offerings, Prayer, Prayers, Praying, Sacrifices, Solomon, Solomon's, Temple
1. God having given testimony to Solomon's prayer by fire from heaven,
2. and glory in the temple, the people worship him
4. Solomon's solemn sacrifice
8. Solomon having kept the feasts of tabernacles and dedication, dismisses the people
12. God appearing to Solomon, gives him promises upon condition

Dictionary of Bible Themes
2 Chronicles 7:1

     4826   fire
     8625   worship, acceptable attitudes

2 Chronicles 7:1-2

     7922   fellowship, with God
     8272   holiness, growth in

2 Chronicles 7:1-3

     1045   God, glory of
     1193   glory, revelation of
     1454   theophany

2 Chronicles 7:1-10

     8288   joy, of Israel

November the Twenty-Fifth after the Prayer the Fire!
"When Solomon had made an end of praying the fire came down from heaven." --2 CHRONICLES vii. 1-11. And the fire is the symbol of the Holy God. Pure flame is our imperfect mode of expressing the Incorruptible. This burning flame is heat and light in one. And when Solomon had prayed, the holy Flame was in their midst. But not only is the flame the symbol of the Holy; it also typifies the power which can make me holy. We have no cleansing minister to compare with fire. Where water fails fire succeeds.
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

November the Twenty-Sixth Unconsecrated Souls
"This house which I have sanctified will I cast out of my sight, and will make it a proverb and a by-word among all nations." --2 CHRONICLES vii. 12-22. And thus am I taught that consecrated houses are nothing without consecrated souls. It is not the mode of worship, but the spirit of the worshipper which forms the test of a consecrated people. If the worshipper is defiled his temple becomes an offence. When the kernel is rotten, and I offer the husk to God, the offering is a double insult to
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

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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