1 Kings 8:54-66: Solomon’s Benediction

Introduction:

Most good Christian events happen around food. And the dedication of the temple is another example of this. We are approaching the end of Solomon’s prayer where he gives a final benediction of praise, some final requests and an exhortation to Israel. And then there is a huge nationwide feast. Solomon’s prayer has been very rich theologically as it has spoken to us about the God we are approaching and how to pray about our sins. The last part of this prayer is no less rich. Three things dominate this closing prayer. Firstly, in v56 Solomon blesses God for fulfilling His promises. Secondly, Solomon requests God’s presence and prayer hearing in v57-60. And finally, Solomon exhort the people in v61. And then there is the feast v62-66.

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