According to Exodus 31:2-3, Bezalel had divine wisdom and used it in his crafting of the tabernacle. Huram succeeded him and crafted the articles for the temple.

The capitals which were on top of the pillars in the hall were in the shape of lilies, four cubits.(1 Kings:7.19)

The tops of the pillars were in the shape of lilies. So the work of the pillars was finished.(1 Kings:7.22)

It was a handbreadth thick; and its brim was shaped like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It contained two thousand baths.(1 Kings:7.26)

QUESTION: Was there an inspired reason for this, why would huram under the influence of divine wisdom cast lilies into the pillars of the temple.

Note: 1) According to 1-Kings 4:33, Solomon was speaking about plants at the time.

Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall.. (1-Kings 4:33)

2) Pillars were very important in ancient Israel. All Kings were anointed by pillars.

When she looked, there was the king standing by a pillar according to custom...(2-Kings 11:14)

  • Solomon's teachings about plants may inform his extensive reference to plants in songs of songs. When Jesus was speaking about Solomon's beauty, he used lilies to make that comparison. So even Jesus comes into this picture.
    – user20490
    Nov 27, 2017 at 20:44
  • The lilies of the field which are today and perish tomorrow, Even they are clothed more gloriously than Solomon. And despite the futility that they symbolised, Huram still casted lilies onto the pillars of the temple.
    – user20490
    Nov 27, 2017 at 20:46
  • So that's why understanding Huram's motive is important especially as they relate to this passage.
    – user20490
    Nov 27, 2017 at 20:52
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    cf. Mt 6:28-9/Lk 12:27; Mt 12:6,42b/Luke 11:31b. Song 2:2. It seems to have been renouned for its beauty, quite simply. Nov 27, 2017 at 22:56
  • Thanks for the interesting article but The Bible says in Matthew 6:25-34 and Luke 12:27 that the lillies do NOT toil. “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these”
    – Kate
    Jan 22 at 5:14

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To answer, I will take a quote of Reverend Branham on the lily . Quote Branham 56-0617 - #28 - Revelation, Book Of Symbols

The tree reveals Jesus Christ. The flower reveals Jesus Christ. The sanctified life reveals Jesus Christ. Sure. Say, “How could the flower reveal Jesus Christ?” It dies in the fall and rises in the spring. Amen. It serves its place on earth, and beautifies. It opens up its little heart like that, and the passer-by says, “Oh, isn't that wonderful! What an odor! What aroma, to smell the flower!” And the bee comes by and says, “I'll take my part out.” The sightseer comes by and takes his part out. And he toils day and night, to keep radiant, to give himself out to somebody else. No wonder Jesus said, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they toil, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you, that Solomon, in all of his glory, was not arrayed like that.”

Then, the lily was revealing Christ. He was called “the lily of the valley, the rose of Sharon.” See it?


60-1002 - #82 - The Kinsman Redeemer Branham

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they toil, and neither.... I say yet, Solomon in all of his glory....” A lily has to struggle day and night to get the radiance to keep his garments, to keep the perfume and things going. And others, he just opens up hisself and they come by and take it out of him. The bee and the fly, and everything that comes by, good or bad, just takes from him.

That's the way the servant is, of Christ, the Christian servant. Opens himself up, “Just take from me, world.” Nothing for himself, it's for the others. That's what Christ become when He become kinfolks to us. He become man that the world might partake of His righteousness, see, and be made sons of God.

62-0401 - #165 - Wisdom Versus Faith - Branham

The lily toils hard. You remember my sermon not long ago, a few years ago, on Mr. Lily. He toils where.... Jesus said how he toiled, “And neither does he spin, and yet I say unto you that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one.” How that lily draws to make itself pretty. What for? Just to be given out to pass by [Brother Branham sniffs.], smells the perfume. The bee flies right into his heart and takes the very honey right away from him; he just gives it freely. Toils to do it! Hallelujah! That's a real man of God: Pastor Lily, Reverend Mr. Lily (yes, sir!), that toils at the Word, lays on his face, and cries out to God, “God, I can't see where this will meet here, here.” It's got to come by the Word. When you see it and God gives it to you, then go freely; not to have some big campaign, “If you guarantee me so many thousand dollars, I'll come,” but freely. “If it's Timbuktu or wherever it is, God, where you want me to sow the seed, I give it freely.” Halleluja

The lily is a beautiful type of life of self sacrifice and service, a type and representation of true Christianity, true spirit of Christ.


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