Solomon really loves to build! Today we read about how he takes 13 years to build an elaborate palace for himself. He also builds all new furniture for the temple. He hires a bronze expert, Huram (or Hiram but this is not the same person as King Hiram). Huram makes 2 bronze pillars named Jachin and Boaz at the entrance of the temple. There are differing views on why the pillars are named but here is some info I gathered. 1) Boaz means “in him is strength”. Boaz is also the name of one of Solomon’s sons and the name of King David’s great grandfather who married Ruth. So the name could represent the bloodline of the tribe of Judah. 2) Jachin means “He will establish”. This name is also in the bloodline of Judah. He is a son of Simeon and a grandson of Jacob who was with the 70 Israelites that went to Egypt during a famine. The name was also mentioned as one of the priests that returned from exile. Ok, that’s all I’ve got on that.
Huram also builds the Sea of cast bronze which is a massive and decorative basin for the priest to wash before entering the sanctuary. So Huram makes the pieces in the tabernacle that are bronze and then Solomon makes the rest out of gold. “Thus Solomon had all the furnishings made for the house of the Lord: the altar of gold, and the table of gold on which was the showbread; the lampstands of pure gold….” Once the work of the temple is complete, Solomon brings in all the things his father, King David, dedicated to the house of the Lord. Tomorrow the glory of the Lord enters His new home so keep reading.
(1 Kings 7:1-51, 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22)