THEME: BUILDING GOD’S TEMPLE
2 Chronicles 3:16 NKJV
“He made wreaths of chainwork, as in the inner sanctuary, and put them on top of the pillars; and he made one hundred pomegranates, and put them on the wreaths of chainwork.”
-Pomegranates are sweet, tart fruits with thick, red skin which are commonly found in the nation of Israel. It’s outer skin is not edible, and holds hundreds of juicy seeds that can be eat plain or sprinkle on salads, oatmeal, hummus, and other dishes. Pomegranates are vivid symbols of prosperity and posterity which was modeled on the bronze pillars that stood outside the temple and in the inner sanctuary. After being established in strength and faith in Jesus Christ, prosperity will no longer remain dim but success is imminent (2 Chronicles 20:20).
The Book of second Chronicles chapter three discloses a very interesting dogma on how Solomon executed the work of building God’s temple. It is factual that the work he did was exemplary and contributed to making his kingdom great. Built upon Mount Moriah was this magnificent structure, which had great semblance as Abraham was instructed to sacrifice his son this mountain, it was the place of Jesus’ crucifixion. Like Abraham and Jesus who were faithful to their calling, king Solomon also obeyed God’s instructions to build the temple as he was a man of integrity just like his father David. God reminds us to follow after His own heart and be obedient to His word and instructions. The measurements were with great precision and best skills were employed. It was a collective responsibility of the people involved to ensure the temple stood firm, and establish a place of worship. King Hiram of Tyre was also involved in providing skilled labor, food items and assorted timber to ensure the construction work was done to precision. The Lord calls us to be united and agree in whatever project we undertake, and all that we decide to do will not be hindered from us. The temple also attracted many visitors for far and wide. After seven years of construction, Solomon completed the structure and the Israelites now had a somehow permanent place of worship as it were, unlike the tabernacle used during the time of Moses. The temple had three chambers, including the outer court with a front porch which was used for gathering the multitudes, cleansing and sacrificial place of offering. The holy place had five lamp stands with seven heads on each side of the temple, the altar of incense, and the show bread. The holy of holies was only accessed by the high priest on the day of the atonement only. Holy place was a more sacred place where the presence of the Lord dwelt. The holy of holies was overlaid with gold. The articles used in temple were also made of gold, which were vessels of honor. We are reminded to submit to the Lord and His authority, and be sanctified by the blood of Jesus for His good work as vessels of honor. Outside the temple were two bronze pillars named Jachin meaning God shall establish and Boaz meaning in strength. These are symbolic pillars that should constantly remind us that the Lord is our strength and He establishes us in His kingdom when we believe in Jesus Christ. Upon the bronze pillars and in the sanctuary were models of pomegranates which is a signs of prosperity and posterity. When we believe in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells in us and helps us to overcome all temptations and achieve the unachievable for we are His temples. The redeemed of the Lord have hope of eternal life in Jesus and remain secure in His salvation, and have the assurance of abundant life now and forever more.
Dear Almighy Father, we praise You and worship You for You are great and wonderful. Dear Lord we thank You for all You have done for us and for who You are. We thank You for Your blood Lord Jesus, that You shed for us and till today there has been no other powerful blood but only the blood of Jesus. Thank You Lord for the great work of redemption that You did for us and made a new covenant of Sonship for us to be joined into. We bless Your name and exalt You oh Lord for there is none like You and there shall never be. Oh Lord we pray that You will sanctify us and cleanse us by Your precious blood. May You mound us to be honorable vessels to be used by You in Your kingdom. Jesus You are the Vine and we are the branches, we cannot bear fruit without You. We surrender ourselves to You and pray that You will mound us to be who You want us to be and bless us. Oh Lord may You remember our families and heal, strengthen and deliver all that are sick by Your precious powerful blood. May You provide for those that have any kind of lack from Your riches in glory. Oh Yahweh You deserve all our praise and honor. We invite You in our lives and families and nation, may You intervene in all situations that all glory shall come back to You. May You provide water to every drought-stricken area in Kenya. May You provide us with food security and endow our leadership with the wisdom required to solve every challenge facing our nation. We come against every plan of the enemy opposing our prosperity and fruitful. May You fight for us and stand with us in all situations for You are able and mighty. Lord we thank You for we know You have heard us and will do so according to Your everlasting love and mercies that are new every morning. May You bless us Lord and keep us. May You make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Philippians 4:19, 2 Corinthians 9:8