Devotional: September 29th
2 Chronicles 7:1-10
In reply to the king’s prayer, fire descends on the burnt offering. And, for the second time (see 2 Chronicles 5:14), the glory of the LORD fills the house of God. From then until the time of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 10:18; Ezekiel 11:23) it is to dwell there.
The fear which that glory inspires prevents the priests from entering into the house (2 Chronicles 5:14; 2 Chronicles 7:2). In contrast let us think of our eternal position. The Lord wants to have His own around Him in glory. Already, on the holy mountain, He has been manifested to the disciples, Moses and Elias being with Him in the bright cloud, which is called "the excellent glory" (Matthew 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17).
All the people bow down and strike up the song which will be that of the thousand year reign: "Praise the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever" (v. 3; Psalms 136). After this, the sacrifices are offered in vast quantities: 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. What a contrast there is here too with the "one offering" by which we have been sanctified and made perfect: that of "the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (Hebrews 10:10; Hebrews 10:14).
Then for the people of the great king there is the untainted joy of the feast of Tabernacles.
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