DECEMBER 7 - JACHIN AND BOAZ

JACHIN AND BOAZ
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz."
1 Kings 7:21

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Today's Read: 1 Kings 7; Psalm 84
The pillars of the temple fascinate me ... they always have.
The names assigned them, given by God, are relevant and intended to induce reverence to God in our understanding of them, if we will but look a little deeper and delve a little further into their meaning.
Of all that I have read and studied, Matthew Henry, the profound and renown preacher and scholar of the late 1600's and early 1700's affords the best insight and inspiration to a development of earnest thought regarding them.
While I generally, do not resort to the words of another for my writings, this day is an exception ... and this day I believe you will be inspired, through him, to dig a little deeper as well.
"Two brazen pillars, which were set up in the porch of the temple, whether under the cover of the porch or in the open air is not certain; it was between the temple and the court of the priests. These pillars were neither to hang gates upon nor to rest any building upon, but purely for ornament and significancy. 
What an ornament they were we may gather from the account here given of the curious work that was about them, chequer-work, chain-work, net-work, lily-work, and pomegranates in rows, and all of bright brass, and framed no doubt according to the best rules of proportion, to please the eye. 
Their significancy is intimated in the names given them:
Jachin - He will establish;
Boaz - In him is strength.
Some think they were intended for memorials of the pillar of cloud and fire which led Israel through the wilderness: I rather think of them designed for memorandums to the priests and others that came to worship at God's door:
To depend upon God only, and not upon any sufficiency of their own, for strength and establishment in all their religious exercises. When we come to wait upon God, and find our hearts wandering and unfixed, then by faith let us fetch in help from heaven: 
Jachin - God will fix this roving mind. It is a good thing that the heart be established with grace. We find ourselves weak and unable for holy duties, but this is our encouragement:
Boaz - In Him is our strength, who works in us both to will and to do. I will go in the strength of the Lord God. Spiritial strength and stability are to be had at the doors of God's temple, where we must wait for the gifts of grace in the use of the means of grace. 
It was a memorandum to them to the strength and establishment of the temple of God among them. Let them keep close to God and duty, and they should never lose their dignities and privileges, but the grant should be confirmed and perpetuated to them. The Gospel church is what God will establish, what He will strengthen, and what the gates of hell can never prevail against.
-Matthew Henry
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Mmmm ... what beautiful and suggestive insights are afforded to seekers.
I leave you with 3 Study Suggestions:
1) Meditate on today's "Read" and reflect on new insightful considerations afforded you in the passage.
What words, thoughts, or names stuck out to you?
2) Gather two stones and record the names and meanings of Jachin and Boaz on them.
Place them on either side of you, stand between them, and allow God's presence to be understood in a personal way by you.
3) Praise God for the "pillars" He has provided you with through His word, His Spirit, and His faithfulness.
Now ask for opportunities to share those "pillars" with another.
To God be our praise.
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"For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and a shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee."
Psalm 84:10-12