Re:Verse passage – 2 Chronicles 5:1-14 (day six).
God descended upon Mount Sinai in smoke and fire. When Moses completed the assembly of the Tabernacle, God covered it in a cloud and his glory filled the tabernacle, so much so Moses could not enter. The same cloud hovered by day, and glowed with fire by night above the Tabernacle. In the desert, when either would move, then the people would take up camp and follow God’s lead.
So, when God’s presence filled the temple with a thick cloud during the dedication of the temple, it had little to do with God blessing the temple building, and more to do with expressing his continuity:
I am the God who revealed his glory to Moses.
I am the God who made a covenant with you on the mountain, and gave my Word to you.
I am the God who lead and provided for you for 40 years in the desert.
I am the God who fought all your battles in Canaan.
I am the God of your fathers.
I am the unchanging God. And I have made a way for you to know me, love me, meet with me, and move with me.
Emmanuel [God with us]
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14