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God's "Amen!"

2 Chronicles 7:1-6 :

Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and Yahweh’s glory filled the house. The priests could not enter into Yahweh’s house, because Yahweh’s glory filled Yahweh’s house. All the children of Israel looked on, when the fire came down, and Yahweh’s glory was on the house. They bowed themselves with their faces to the ground on the pavement, worshiped, and gave thanks to Yahweh, saying,

“For he is good;
for his loving kindness endures forever.”

Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before Yahweh. King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated God’s house. The priests stood, according to their positions; the Levites also with instruments of music of Yahweh, which David the king had made to give thanks to Yahweh, when David praised by their ministry, saying “For his loving kindness endures forever.” The priests sounded trumpets before them; and all Israel stood.

This was one of the most amazing days in the history of mankind. One could easily see that God was giving His own whole-hearted "Amen!" to what Solomon had just prayed. He did it by sending fire down from the sky that burned up the sacrifices. When the people saw this they fell on their faces.

This is the real God. The real God really can send fire out of the sky if He wants to, and on this day, that's exactly what He did. God wasn't doing this because He was pleased with the performance of Israel. He was doing this because He was pleased to do it. The fact is, Israel had to do a lot of sacrificing of animals to cover all their sins. We read here that on this one day, they butchered 22,000 head of cattle and 120,000 sheep. How can we argue that God was pleased with mankind when so much death was required in order for His presence to be near? It is obvious that God wanted, very much, to be with man, but obviously, man has a serious problem with sin; one that requires a whole lot of death before he can ever see God.

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