On verses 1-14: In approximately 966 B.C., Solomon begins building the temple in Jerusalem. What strikes me as I read these verses is how much Solomon incorporated designs of cherubim (i.e. angels) into the temple. Solomon carves cherubim into the walls (v7) and works them into the curtain (v14). Most obvious and impressive of all, in the inner sanctuary of the temple called the Most Holy Place, Solomon erects a pair of massive cherubim whose wings span the entire Most Holy Place from wall to wall (v10-13). Later on Solomon will place the ark of God under the wings of the cherubim (see 2 Chronicles 5:7), such that whenever the high priest would inquire of God at the ark in the Most Holy Place, huge angels would tower over him, watching over him.
Why does Solomon incorporate so many different representations of angels into the temple? It was to remind the people of what the Bible teaches, that the spiritual realm is real and that angels are real. Angels are described as powerful, ministering spirits sent to serve God’s people (Hebrews 1:14), protect God’s people (Psalm 34:7), deliver special messages from God (e.g. Judges 6:11-12) and administer God’s will (e.g. Exodus 12:23; Daniel 10:10; Acts 12:23). While much about angels remains a mystery to us, both the Old Testament and the New Testament, including Jesus and Paul teach repeatedly about the reality of angels. For more on angels, the late Reverend Billy Graham’s book Angels is an excellent teaching guide on what the Bible teaches on angels – who they are and what they do.
Praise God that while Satan and demonic powers are real, just as real are angels whom God has sent to serve and protect us. So whenever you experience amazing protection, provision or deliverance which cannot be attributed, don’t be closed to the very real possibility that God has sent angels to minister to you.
2 Chronicles 3:15-17 (NIV) 15 In the front of the temple he made two pillars, which [together] were thirty-five cubits long, each with a capital on top measuring five cubits. 16 He made interwoven chains and put them on top of the pillars. He also made a hundred pomegranates and attached them to the chains. 17 He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz.
On verses 15-17: Solomon erects two pillars at the front of the temple: the one to the south he names Jakin (meaning “He establishes”) and the one to the north he names Boaz (meaning “in Him is strength”). Notice the initials of these pillars are J.B. J I’m kidding – well, partly. The fact is that God has made all of us who have trusted in Jesus Christ as Saviour to be pillars in His temple. As Jesus says in Revelation 3:12, “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it…” Praise God. Through your faith in Jesus Christ, God the King makes you a pillar in His temple and He stands by your side, declaring His Word that He will never leave you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for making me a pillar in Your temple, and for sending angels to surround me, protect me, and assist me. May I never take for granted the work that Your angels do in my life. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!