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May the Lord Jesus give his blessing to what has been delivered, and lead you to understand the whole scripture to be written concerning him, and lead you to understand that it is full of him. Even so. Amen.
ON THE FINISHING THE TEMPLE BUILT BY SOLOMON, SETTING THE FURNITURE OF IT IN ITS PROPER FORM AND PLACE, OPENING IT WITH SOLEMN, COSTLY, AND MAGNIFICENT SACRIFICES, WITH GOD'S TESTIMONY OF APPROBATION, BY THE CLOUD OF GLORY WHICH CAME DOWN ON THE HOUSE AND FILLED IT; A PREFIGURATION OF CHRIST'S INCARNATION, AND FILLING THE TEMPLE OF HIS BODY WITH ALL THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD.
2 Chronicles V. 13, 14.
"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard inpraising and thanking the Lord; and when they lift up their voice with the trumpets, and cymbals, and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever; that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests
could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God."
THE tabernacle built by Moses, and the temple built by Solomon, were one and the same, as to their spiritual and mystical significancy. The former was reared up after the pattern which the Lord shewed Moses in the mount; the latter was built after the pattern which the Lord God caused David to understand by the Spirit, which David made known to Solomon, and which he caused most exactly to be executed.
1 am not about to treat of the Lord's temple at Jerusalem, so as to give an exact account of its situation, dimensions, platform, fabric, and furniture, both within and without, with the walls, gates, courts, cloisters, chambers, and buildings that were about it; nor of the altar, lavers, brazen sea, rings, pillars, hooks, tables, and stations for men; slaughter places for beasts, and all the offices belonging to it; this is beyond my present attainment and ability, though a right knowledge of all these particulars would most surely be very pleasing and profitable; but I must be content with a brief and general account of the temple, and its holy vessels, such as may lead to an opening and explaining the subr ject before me; in which I design to set forth the following things.
First. I will shew how the temple of Solomon being finished, and the furniture of it set in its proper place, it was opened with very cosily, solemn, and magnificent sacrifices.
Secondly. The testimony which the Lord God gave of his acceptance of the work and services, both of building the temple, placing 1 he furniture, and offering the sacrifices. This is expressed in our text, "It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals, and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister, by reason of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God."
And lastly. That this was a type and prefiguration of Christ's incarnation, and filling the temple of his body with all the fulness of the Godhead.
I am, first, to shew how the temple of Solomon being finished, and the furniture of it set in its proper place, it was opened with solemn, costly, and magnificent sacrifices.;
The temple was begun in the fourth year of Solomon's reign, in the month Ziff, or Jair; which was the second month of the ecclesiastical year, A. M. 2993. It was seven years in building; when finished, it was shut up eleven months, and opened for worship in the month Ethenim, or Tizri, and dedicated, with great solemnity, A. M. 3001. A proclamation was issued, the day fixed, and a very great congregation from the entering in of Hamath, unto the river of Egypt, were gathered together. They knew the temple was a type of the body of Christ, a solemn symbol and memorial that the word would be made flesh, and tabernacle on earth; and they came to the dedication of it, knowing and believing that it was a prefiguration of the Son of God coming from heaven to dwell with men on the earth.
The people being solemnly gathered together, and the elders of Israel, at the day appointed for the consecration, "The levites took up the ark, and brought it and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle: those did the priests' and levites bring up. Also king Solomon, and all the congregation that were assembled before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude."
Before I enter on a view of these costly, solemn, and magnificent sacrifices, which were sacred memorials'of Christ's most precious bloodshedding, sacrifice, and death, it may not be