INTRO: In the next few messages I want us to briefly consider 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. In this message we'll look at verse 13 and 14a. I have mentioned these verses numerous times during my years of preaching. But I have never preached on this passage in several messages in English. I have had this interest since I did the messages in German many years ago.
In the context of those verses, you will remember that David wanted to build a house for God but God would not allow it because he was a man of war. And when Solomon came along, he built this house. David had left all the instructions for him on how to build it.
And when the temple was finished and it was dedicated to God, Solomon prayed and we'll begin by reading 1-16:
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.
2 And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S house.