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One Big Celebration

2 Chronicles 7:7-10 :

Moreover Solomon made the middle of the court that was before Yahweh’s house holy; for there he offered the burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offering, the meal offering, and the fat.

So Solomon held the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly, from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt.

On the eighth day, they held a solemn assembly; for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days. On the twenty-third day of the seventh month, he sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the goodness that Yahweh had shown to David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.

As a technical person myself, I would like to do some consideration of the logistics of this huge party. From these verses, it appears that it took place over 14 days. We already read that 142,000 animals were sacrificed. It is pretty clear that only a portion of these animals were sacrificed at the temple. The area reserved for sacrificing was expanded for this event and all the priests were on duty at the same time. That's about 423 animals being killed every hour around the clock, or 7 animals per second. Assuming it took an hour to sacrifice a single animal, the temple area would have had to have over 400 altars going at once, day and night. Perhaps it was 1000 altars going during the day only. It could also be that they were not killing all of these animals in the temple area. We are also told that the group of people celebrating covered the land from Hamath to the brook of Egypt. It's difficult to say where this was exactly, but it does appear to cover more than the temple area. Perhaps this is telling us that the people were sacrificing all over country at the same time.

Even though we don't know the exact places and procedures used, we do know that there were a lot of people involved, and that a huge number of animals were eaten or burned up. It was definitely a memorable time in which the country came together to worship the God of Israel, to witness His physical presence there, and to eat together.

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