II Chronicles 8

“Then Solomon offered up burnt offerings to the LORD …according to the commandment of Moses for the Sabbaths, the new moons, and the three annual feasts--the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Booths” (v12). The ritual offerings and celebrations, done in the right spirit, could be authentic ways to honor God (ch 7). However, King Solomon seemed much more faithful in these religious duties than in his personal life. His many wives and concubines (I Kings 11) complicated the peaceful kingdom he had inherited.

“So the house of the Lord was completed” (v16). Solomon’s legacy was weakened by his personal immorality. God desires a true holiness that is as beautiful as the original Temple.