2 Chronicles 5

* The ark placed in the temple. (1-10) The temple filled with

glory. (11-14)

1-10 The ark was a type of Christ, and, as such, a token of the

presence of God. That gracious promise, Lo, I am with you alway,

even unto the end of the world, does, in effect, bring the ark

into our religious assemblies, if we by faith and prayer plead

that promise; and this we should be most earnest for. When

Christ is formed in a soul, the law written in the heart, the

ark of the covenant settled there, so that it becomes the temple

of the Holy Ghost, there is true satisfaction in that soul.
11-14 God took possession of the temple; he filled it with a

cloud. Thus he signified his acceptance of this temple, to be

the same to him that the tabernacle of Moses was, and assured

his people that he would be the same in it. Would we have God

dwell in our hearts, we must leave room for him; every thing

else must give way. The Word was made flesh; and when he comes

to his temple, like a refiner's fire, who may abide the day of

his coming? May he prepare us for that day.

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