The Temple and Confession
“As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.” – 2 Chronicles 7:1
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There are instances in the Holy Bible that we are reminded of the greatness of the LORD in great detail. One such instances is when Solomon finishes building the temple. There had been so much work done in constructing a temple which would finally be a meeting place between the LORD and His people. As soon as the construction is finished, we are told that fire came down from heaven to consume the burnt offerings and sacrifices.
This specific verse reminds us of the way Elijah’s sacrifice on Mt. Carmel demonstrated that there is a living LORD. His presence appears to those who believe and love Him as is shown through Elijah who had great devotion as well as Solomon who constructed the temple to the specifications and detail that was needed. Once the temple was constructed, people were able to see the fire from the sky as a way of reminding them that the LORD is alive and living and working all things for good for His people. He is not a LORD that sees the difficulties and turns away. He sees our difficulties and turns them into experiences, and He strengthens us.
While the temple is an important structure and was created as a point of connection between the LORD and His people, that same fire is alive in us as we place our faith in the LORD. The Holy Spirit is a fire that provides us with the ability to discern between truths and know how to test spirit. There has been a transition away from the physical temple into the spiritual temple. This was done through Jesus who stated that He would destroy the temple and in three days He would rebuild it. Many were left wondering how a man would destroy a physical structure in three days if it had taken years to build it. However, Jesus was not talking about a physical temple, it was a metaphor for the temple of the body. The LORD gradually throughout history has taken us little by little into a closer connection with Him.