In front of the house he made two pillars thirty-five cubits high, with a capital of five cubits on the top of each. He made chains like a necklace and put them on the tops of the pillars, and he made a hundred pomegranates and put them on the chains. He set up the pillars in front of the temple, one on the south, the other on the north; that on the south he called Jachin, and that on the north Boaz. II Chronicles 3:15-17 ESV
O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices,
and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
You have given him his heart’s desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips.
For you meet him with rich blessings;
you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
length of days forever and ever.
His glory is great through your salvation;
splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
For you make him most blessed forever;
you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord,
and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved. Psalm 21:1-7 ESV
In the ancient world, pillars were a very important part of large buildings. Many ancient temples and palaces had magnificent pillars to hold up their heavy roofs. In the Egyptian city of Thebes there was a temple complex called Karnak, which included a temple that was built to honor the Egyptian god Amun-Re. This temple includes a hall of 134 pillars made out of sandstone, which are still standing today. Some of the paint from ancient times can still be seen at the top of pillars and on the ceiling, and the carving on the pillars can still be seen as well. This hall of pillars is a marvel from the ancient world that still impresses people today with its age and strength.
When Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem there were two pillars at the entrance. They were very tall, about 52 and a half feet high, and they were beautiful with chains hanging from the top and many metal pomegranates hanging from the chains. These pillars even had names, Jachin and Boaz. Jachin means “he will establish” and Boaz means “in him is strength.” The pillars would have been a picture of strength as they held up the entrance to the great temple, and they also would have been a picture of hope that the temple would stand for many, many years. The names of the pillars showed that Solomon understood that no matter how well-built the temple was, its strength came from God, and only God could establish the temple so that it would stand far into the future.
Solomon’s temple was destroyed a long time ago, and there’s nothing in the world that will last forever. Buildings crumble and fall down, or else they are destroyed by war or by disasters. We can’t put our trust in anything we build or make for ourselves, but we can put our trust in God. God’s strength lasts forever, and he is the only one we can always count on to help us and bless us. He sent Jesus to be our Savior, and Jesus died on the cross for us so that our sins could be forgiven. We can be sure that the love of Jesus will last forever, and that he will be with us today and every day to give us strength and to keep us close to him.
Dear Jesus, thank you for dying for us and making us yours. Thank you for your love and help and forgiveness every day. Amen.