The dedication of the temple in Jerusalem.
The ark and the other bits and pieces dedicated by king David, who never got to build the temple, are bought in.
The contents of the ark seem a bit vague. Here its the stone tablets given to Moses, with the law carved in them by God hand.
But elsewhere it’s said also to have a jar of mana, the food God caused to appear on the exodus trip, and the staff of Aaron, which showed God’s power to the Pharaoh so he would let the Israelites go.
Anyway, I suppose no one dared look inside to check, it had a habit of killing those who mistreated it.
All the priests are present for the dedication of the temple, they usually served in shifts.
Music, sacrifices, and then at the height of the proceedings a cloud of God appears. He has made the temple his home, he is present.
The cloud is so rich they have to stop and leave. The glory of God filled the house of God.
This account is written for later generations of Jews who were rebuilding the temple after Jerusalem was gutted and it was destroyed. It wasn’t as grand. I should check whether the cloud appeared a second time. ( Ezra 6… No)
It’s struck me as more remote for God than we are used to. We are used to him speaking conversationally with Moses, and directly to David, or to him though prophets.
But this is a big public miracle, a sign for the people. It’s how he appeared in the days of the exodus, the pillar of cloud led them though the wilderness.
God has come home. It’s not all of him, the last thing Solomon said was that he could not be contained in a temple. But he is present.