He cast two bronze pillars, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits around, by line. – 1 Kings 7:15 (NIV)

One of the most amazing things about these pillars in the temple of Solomon is that they had no pragmatic function. They held nothing up. They did not separate any rooms. They were simply standing in front of the temple portico. Yet they were elaborately ornate. It is easy to come to the conclusion that they were in the temple simply because they were beautiful. It seems that there didn’t need to be any other reason. The two pillars in Solomon’s temple remind us that God enjoys beautiful things. How about us? Does everything need to have a purpose, or can we enjoy the simple beauty that is all around us?

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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