Summary: It’s time for the body of Christ to get off their spiritual pillows and become pillars in the House of God
Pillars in the House of God
M-1109 / 23 November, 2008
Dr. Russell K. Tardo
A more detailed account of this appears in 1 Kings, chapter 7.
1Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. [The beginning of the temple; the work begins. This chapter tells the time and place of the construction. The dimensions and very elaborate ornamentation are described. It is to be a very splendid work to behold with all the ornamentation, the gold, bronze. 10And the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold. [The author describes these gigantic works, each with a 15-ft. wingspan. They literally spanned the entire width of the holy place. 14And he made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon. [This was the veil that separated the holy place and the manifest presence of God. This is the same veil that God would rend at the death of Christ (Matthew, chapter 27). It was not that exact veil because that one was destroyed in 586 BC, but it was a similar veil.] 15Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits. 16And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains. 17And he reared up the pillars before the temple, on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz. 2 Chron. 3:1,10,14-17]
Flanking the entrance to the temple were two gigantic brass pillars (35 cubits = 50 feet) that Solomon had erected. These pillars were made of brass of the highest quality and they stood on stone footings and were topped by colossal capitals. The account in 1 Kings, chapter 7, indicates they were some 18-ft. in circumference and stood before the house of God. The account in 1 Kings, chapter 7, says they stood in the porch of the temple. There is some debate whether or not these pillars were freestanding outside with no roof over them or in a porch enclosure with a roof over them. [Several artistic depictions were shown.] Whether or not these pillars stood under a porch or were outdoors is simply not known, but we do know it was quite a sight to behold.
A review of the accounts in both Chronicles and Kings reveals that Solomon named the two pillars. He named these pillars just as one today might name an automobile or boat. One pillar Solomon called Boaz, who was David’s great-grandfather. [It was Boaz who married Ruth and their son was Obed. Obed’s son was Jesse who was the father of David and grandfather of Solomon.] The name of the other pillar was called Jachin who is much less known today but was well known in the days of Solomon. Jachin was the head of the twenty-first division of priests and ministered at his post during David’s reign. He may have very well been dead by this time. One view is that Jachin was the first High Priest of the temple. What is known however, is that he was an individual of some quality or importance to merit having a pillar in the temple named for him. He was a man of great renown, great faith, great quality and integrity. Jachin obviously had a reputation for truthfulness, godliness, integrity, stability and character.
Today as in ancient times, pillars served multiple purposes. They could simply be ornamental monuments or they could be functional, i.e., designed to hold up or support something. Pillars in ancient times were integral to the support of buildings as the Bible indicates in the account of Samson pulling down the temple of Dagon. [The mainstay of the building was the pillars that Samson used to bring down the entire edifice.] Pillars also served a memorial purpose.
This purpose is borne out in Genesis, chapter 28, the account of Jacob’s dream at Bethel:
10And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. [Jacob is running from his brother, Esau, who has threatened to kill him. Jacob is exhausted and stops at this place in the wilderness to sleep. He took some stones and made a pillow on which to sleep.] 12And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. [Gen. 28:10-14]