Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 2 Chronicles
Book: 2 Chronicles
Chapter: 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.