The Temple sacrifices (2 Chr 8:12-8:16)

“Then King Solomon offered up burnt offerings to Yahweh on the altar of Yahweh that he had built in front of the vestibule, as the duty of each day required. He offered sacrifices according to the commandment of Moses for the Sabbath, the new moons, and the three annual festivals that is the festival of unleavened bread, the festival of weeks, and the festival of booths. According to the ordinance of his father King David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service. He appointed the Levites for their offices of praise and ministry alongside the priests as the duty of each day required. He also appointed the gatekeepers in their divisions for the several gates. This King David the man of God had commanded. They did not turn away from what the king had commanded the priests and Levites regarding anything at all, or regarding the treasuries. Thus all the work of King Solomon was accomplished from the day the foundation of the house of the Yahweh was laid until the house of Yahweh was finished completely.”

This section is an elaboration of 1 Kings, chapter 9, unlike some of the previous summaries. In 1 Kings, King Solomon offered sacrifices 3 times a year with no indication of when these offerings took place. In 1 Kings, he, not a priest or Levite, offered up the sacrifices as the king took on a priestly role as well as a political role. Here, however, it is a daily sacrifice, but in the vestibule since the priests would offer the sacrifice. Here there is an elaboration of the 3 major feast days, the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of weeks, and the feast of the booths. He had to follow all the instructions of King David about the division of ministries among the priests and Levites. There was an attempt to show the unity of King David and King Solomon.