KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Chapters: II Chronicles 4, I Kings 7
Message: The Pillar of Our Soul
Hello My Friend,
Pillar; A tower; A kind or irregular column round an insulate, but deviating from the proportions of a just column. A supporter; that which sustains or upholds. Pillars are not just your average beam that holds the floors up from caving in, they are unique, often customized and designed especially for that structure. Within every saved, born again Christian is a pillar, one that sustains and upholds us, one that is very unique and designed especially for us, even when shaken that pillar sustains us and keeps us from caving in, and that pillar is Jesus Christ Himself. “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” – Psalm 18:2,6.
As Christians, it can be a challenge to understand God’s purpose and plan when we are facing things that we do not understand. Why do we have to go through such trying experiences to see God’s plan? Well, the truth is, God is a perfectionist, and He uses the shakeups of life to not only prefect us, but show us that He is the one who made us through it. Now, we will never be perfect, that is until we get to the Kingdom of God, but Jesus is perfect, and since He lives in every soul who receives Him as their Saviour, He is our pillar that sustains us through these shakeups. When Solomon became king he had more than just the kingdom of Israel to oversee, he had to oversee the most challenging task of all, the building of the temple in which the Almighty and only living God Himself would dwell. As we continue in I Kings we get more detail about the structure of the building, special attention was made to the pillars.
“And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. He was a widow’s son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work. For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about. And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits: And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter. And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter. 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. And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.” – I Kings 7:13-18,21-22.
“And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple:” The names of the pillars, Jachin means, he will establish, Boaz, means quickness. Jesus, is the pillar of every born again soul, He establishes them as His own the second we believe in Him as our Saviour, He quickens us with His blood the second we receive Him as our Saviour. Lilies were carved at the very top of the pillars, they signify purity, ours sins have defiled us and tainted us, but the blood of Jesus cleans and purifies us, in fact, so much so that when God looks at us all He sees is pure, white snow. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” – I Peter 1:18-19.
Now that the structure was built, we get details of the furniture that would go inside, everything was built with the same quality materials as the building itself. Solomon lists all the items that Huram (Hiram) made for the temple. Compared with that of the tabernacle, this showed that God’s church would be enlarged and multiplied greatly.
“And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God; To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars; And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars. He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases; One sea, and twelve oxen under it. The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of the LORD of bright brass. In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.”- II Chronicles 4:11-17.
“In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them,” Every thing that comes into God’s temple needs to be of the best quality, God’s temple is no longer in a building made with walls, it is within every saved, born again soul of Jesus Christ. The second a person believes in the death, burial, and resurrection of God’s only begotten and perfect Son, and accepts that He is the only one who can save them from their sins God’s Holy Spirit enters their soul. We are His temple, and believe it or not, as filthy as we think we are, and rightfully should, God does not see our sin, He sees His Son, in fact, the blood of His Son, and that is our pillar. If we do not have Jesus in us, we are filthy rags, but He cleans us up, and makes us able to stand before God supported by His blood. But, we must know Him as our Saviour, otherwise we will fall. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18.
Vessel; Any tube or canal in the body in which blood is contained, secreted or circulated, such as the arteries or veins. In the building of the temple, not only were we given details on the structure and furniture, but the vessels as well. Special detail is given to all the vessels that would go into the temple, all made of pure gold, including the candlesticks, and even the hinges of the doors.
“And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was, And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold, And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple. So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.” – I Kings 7:48-51.
“the things which David his father had dedicated;” Dedicate, To set apart and consecrate to God. Before a person first receives Christ as their Saviour it is as if we are impure gold, but the second we receive Him as our Saviour He starts shining us up, purifying us from all the dirt and grime that dulls us. And speaking of vessels, it is Christ’s blood that runs through our veins and keeps us alive. Since God dwells in us, He wants us to dedicate our mind, body, and spirit to Him, the only way we can do that is by feeding ourselves with things that are pleasing to Him. Perfecting our house for God means eliminating things from our mental, physical, and spiritual diets that weigh us down and make us miserable. We are never going to be perfect, but we can learn from our mistakes and make less if we dedicate everything we put in our bodies to God. “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” – Psalms 4:3,4.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “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.” – I Kings 7:21.
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, I know that there is no way that I am ever going to be perfect, and I thank You that no work of my own qualifies me to be one of Yours, I only need to believe in and receive You as my Saviour for that. Lord, as You mold me and shape me through the shakeups you place before me, give me Your power, strength, mercy, and grace to endure them. I know that You are my pillar, as much as I am shaken, I know that You will sustain me and keep me supported under Your blood. Help me to learn of and follow all Your commands so that each day that gets closer to your return draws others near You. In Jesus name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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