8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
8:2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
The consecration of the temple illustrates all consecration. The temple, like the believer 1 Thessalonians 5:23 was threefold: the court, that which was outward, visible, answered to the body; the holy place, where everything appealed to the sacred emotions, answered to the soul; the holy of holies, the place of communion with God Exodus 25:22 answered to the spirit of man. The ark was the most all- inclusive type of Christ of any one of the vessels of the tabernacle. (See Scofield "Exodus 25:9") . When, therefore, the priests brought the ark into the court, the holy place, and the holy of holies, they were, in type, enthroning Christ over the body, with its powers and appetites; the soul, seat of the emotions and desires; and the mind, seat of the capacity to know and commune with God. See Scofield " Genesis 1:26 " note 3. In Christian experience this answers to ; Romans 12:1-3 ; Ephesians 5:18 .
8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
Seventh month i.e. October.
8:40 That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
(See Scofield "Psalms 19:9") .
The word implies whole-heartedness for God, single-mindedness, sincerity -- not sinless perfection.