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
Solomon’s temple in the Old Testament was a physical place of worship, but the spiritual symbolism behind every intricate detail put into it is full of profound spiritual truths. When one deciphers the deep meanings behind each component with help from the Holy Spirit, one can get understanding of God, his heavenly kingdom, his worshipers, and our relationship with him. Two of the components of that temple really stand out to me because, if I’m not mistaken, they were the only two parts of the temple that were actually given names. They were the two pillars built on the front porch of the temple.
The pillar on the right was called Jachin while the one on the left was named Boaz. Here’s a quick look at what they symbolize.
Jachin is a compound word using the shortened version of Jehovah (Jah) and putting it with the word “chin”, which means “establishes.” So the word Jachin means Jehovah establishes.
Boaz is also a compound word. It takes the word “bo,” meaning “in” or “by,” and joins it with the word “az,” which means strength or might. Therefore the word Boaz means “in strength,” or “by strength.”
The two pillars taken together give us this phrase–“Jehovah (or Jah) establishes in strength.” As worshipers approached the temple, they would be reminded of this concept whenever they laid eyes on the temple. So what are the spiritual implications? There are several of them and I’m only scratching the surface.
The temple symbolizes God, especially the Lord Jesus Christ (John 2:19-22; Revelation 21:22). It also symbolizes God’s whole system of worship, his heavenly kingdom (Revelation 7:14-16), his body of believers the church (1 Corinthians 3:17), and each individual believer (1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16). Additionally, pillars are symbolic of God (Exodus 13:21) and believers (1 Timothy 3:15; Revelation 3:12).
What all of this tells us is the following:
- Our omnipotent God is established by his own strength.
- The whole system of worshiping and praising God, including prayers, songs of praise, preaching, exercising all gifts and administrations, and studying and applying his word, are all established by God’s strength.
- All genuine believers, as we die to ourselves daily and bring forth the fruit of the spirit, are established by Jah’s strength individually and collectively.
- God’s kingdom is established by his strength.
Jachin and Boaz are the reasons why none of these things will end while this present Earth stands. Since God’s love is what keeps all of this going, we know that nothing can ever separate us from what Jehovah establishes by his strength. That’s why all of us can continue to press on in our journey with the Holy Spirit in this life even when dark days, long nights, the valley of the shadow of death, and enemies are in hot pursuit.