Due to the fact that much of 1 & 2 Chronicles parallels the books of Samuel and Kings, I will begin listing the Scriptures that cross-reference the same material in each day’s blog. I will also go back and update previous blogs in an effort to avoid redundancy in later blogs. Thanks for your patience!
Solomon blessed all of Israel at the completion of the temple. He talked about how God had delivered Israel from Egypt, but never chose a city in which to house His name. He did choose David to be king, and it was in his heart to build God a temple. God prevented him, but told him that his son would build the temple. Now, Solomon had fulfilled that prophecy and promise.
Solomon then prayed a prayer at the altar of the Lord that included praise of God for being a covenant-keeper. He acknowledged the inability of the temple to contain God, but did ask Him to dwell there. He asked for God to have mercy on Israel when they sin, and to heal their land from its effects. Part of this famous prayer goes like this:
1 Kings 8:35–36 (NKJV)
35 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 36 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.
He also asked that God watch over foreigners, and to lead Israel into battle against his enemies. He also asked that when Israel sinned and was taken captive, that God would forgive them and bring them back to their land after they repent.
Basically, Solomon is interceding with God to lay the groundwork for how Israel would do business with God in this new “temple” age. Solomon sought God to help him lead Israel in a righteous way, but also in a merciful way. Solomon again shows his ability as a wise and able leader.