the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
Day by Day Devotional - Year 2 of 5
2 Chronicles 5:1-14
The magnificent house is completed. However the main object is still missing: the holy ark. Its introduction into "his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims" (v. 7), draws our eyes to Jesus in the heavenly places, exalted by God himself, the centre of universal praise, filling the heavens and the earth with His glory. He is the object of the angels’ admiration (the cherubim: 1 Timothy 3:16) and His blessed people’s adoration: "one sound", but various instruments (v. 13). There is only one song: the new song, sung by the multitude of the redeemed, each having his own individual note, but all in perfect harmony.
Of the three objects which the ark had contained: the manna in its golden pot, the rod of Aaron the priest, and the tables of the covenant, only the latter remain (v. 10). During the journeyings of the Israelites, now completed, God had given the manna and led the people to Himself through the priest. Now the ark is in Zion, in the resting place of God, who has fulfilled His promise. And He Himself, on the basis of a new covenant guaranteed by the tables, rests in His love in the midst of His redeemed people (Zephaniah 3:17).