1 Kings 7:13-22
And King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre. He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze. And he was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all his work. He cast two pillars of bronze. Eighteen cubits was the height of one pillar, and a line of twelve cubits measured its circumference. It was hollow, and its thickness was four fingers. The second pillar was the same. He also made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars. The height of the one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits. There were lattices of checker work with wreaths of chain work for the capitals on the tops of the pillars, a lattice for the one capital and a lattice for the other capital. Likewise he made pomegranates in two rows around the one latticework to cover the capital that was on the top of the pillar, and he did the same with the other capital. Now the capitals that were on the tops of the pillars in the vestibule were of lily-work, four cubits. The capitals were on the two pillars and also above the rounded projection which was beside the latticework. There were two hundred pomegranates in two rows all around, and so with the other capital. He set up the pillars at the vestibule of the temple. He set up the pillar on the south and called its name Jachin, and he set up the pillar on the north and called its name Boaz. And on the tops of the pillars was lily-work. Thus the work of the pillars was finished.
Written by: Larry Van Laar
If you’re like me, you see passages like this and either skim over them or simply move on. This scripture is more akin to archaic architectural plans than anything seemingly meaningful. However, it is as deeply meaningful to us today as it was to the construction of the temple in 970 B.C.
The temple, with the palace and courts, would take over 20 years to build at a cost of over 200 billion dollars in today’s market. It was a wonder of the ancient world. In this story, King Solomon employs a bronze worker named Hiram to construct two massive pillars that would stand over 35 feet tall and over six feet thick. This scripture goes into some detail about the art work that Hiram etched and carved by hand into the bronze: rows and chains of lilies, pomegranates, and lattice work. What is interesting is most of this intricate work would hardly be noticed. This detail would be over 35 feet in the air and overwhelmed by the enormous beauty and grander of the temple as a whole. Yet Hiram seems to be using his wisdom and understanding as well as his skills and ability for the eyes of one: God.
In today’s world, it seems everything people do is documented on social media for all to see and “like.” Yet here we have Hiram, over 3,000 years ago, setting the standard. He used all of the gifts given to him to glorify God. And because of his great service, his story made the Bible.
Thought of the day: What skills and abilities are you using to glorify the Lord? How do you behave and what are the things you do in secret only for the eyes of God? What can you do today for the sole purpose of bringing Him glory?
Prayer: Lord, give me a heart that seeks to serve and glorify You. In all I do, may my worthiness be found in the eyes of one.