Continuing with the dedication of the temple. After Solomon prays, God acts, sending cloud and fire to burn the sacrifice.
The celebrations go for 3 weeks, involved crazy number of animals being sacrificed. Foreign leaders were there. After it all everyone goes home happy.
Then God speaks to Solomon and accepts the temple. He says his name, his heart and his ears will be there forever, and he will hear prayers offered there.
He offers two ways it can go from here, 2 ways to live if you will. Following other Gods, or him.
Spoiler alert, pay attention to the option where they don’t stick to it and the temple ends up rubble.
This all seems very remote from me today. Of course I can still worship other Gods. If I am now the temple of God, I suppose he’s saying I have the choice to have it rejected by God and his presence withdrawn.
I’m praying for family as ever, for financial self discipline and responsibility.