THE SEVEN PILLARS HEWN BY WISDOM - by Paul M Hanssen
Yesterday, Sunday, Dec, 11th, during the service in which we welcomed the church in Malawi into the fellowship of SPC, I taught Proverbs 9:1. I want to share a small portion of that lesson with you all.
Proverbs 9:1 KJVS Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
Wisdom is Christ, the Eternal Word of God. In 1 Corinthians 1:24, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” Christ the power and the wisdom, the anointing and the Truth, the breath and the bread, the fire and the fragrance, the oil and the wine - He, yes, He has come to build the house. He is working in your life to “hew out” the seven pillars! The Seven Pillars are the structure of God’s residing Temple; the temple in which He desires to dwell as King.
To hew out means to cut or carve, to make square, to engrave, to cut out, and to divide.
The reward that Jesus promised the Bridal Church of Philadelphia for overcoming was that she would be a pillar in the temple of God (Rev. 3:12). Christ, the power and wisdom of God, is working in your life every day to hew out, cut out, and carve out the four square pillars of His Temple House in you. The pillars that Wisdom builds are not carved from dead stone but from within the living spirits of fire within the hearts of God’s redeemed, chosen, and remnant people.
Pillars are typically depicted as round. However, the pillars that Wisdom hews out are four-square. Each pillar has four sides or four faces. Each side of each pillar carries one of the four faces of the living creatures that surround the Throne of God; the lion, the eagle, the man, and the ox (Rev. 4:7).
Our ultimate goal is not only to dwell in the Throne of God but also to surround the Throne of God just as the living creatures do. The four faces speak to us of the four aspects of the character and nature of God carried by and portrayed by His creation. We have all been given “a face”, as it were. We all have a particular strength gifted to us by God. Every person ordained by God to be a supporter and upholder of His Temple House, and moreover of His kingly Throne within His Temple, has been endowed with the strength and power of one of the faces. The called, chosen, and faithful have been gifted with one of the following: the roaring “lion strength” of worship and praise, the power of the tribe of Judah, or the “ox strength” of plowing, working and carrying burdens. Others are blessed with the “man strength” of wisdom and understanding, and then others are endowed with the “eagle strength” of soaring to heights and possessing great extensive vision.
Nonetheless, even though we have all been gifted one or two of these attributes as our main strength and ability, we must develop all four to be able to become the seasoned four-square pillars in the Temple of God that uphold all Truth and that support the House of God’s Presence and His eternal kingly Throne!! The Living Creatures each possessed all four of the faces of the character and nature of God. They were pillars, as it were, carrying and upholding God’s Throne. The Living Creatures surround the Throne and exist for the sole purpose of waiting on God, worshipping God, and fulfilling His Will only. In like manner, this is also the purpose of the living pillars of God's Temple, His residing residence.
God’s people, His Church, His “divided ones”, or set-apart separated ones, are hewn out by Wisdom to become the Living Pillars of Truth.
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15).
As we daily learn from "Wisdom" of how to “behave ourselves” both within our own beings/temples and as the living House of God, we shall accomplish that for which God has set us apart. The Apostle Paul stated that the “Church of the Living God” was to be the PILLAR AND GROUND of Truth! This simply means that God has called us to be staunch, immovable, and unshakable supporters and upholders of the His eternal Truth.
Seven is the number of completion and perfection. The number seven is used over six hundred and fifty times within the pages of God’s Word. No other number is used even remotely as often. This would show us that seven is God’s favorite number. God rested on the seventh day. He made a seven-day cycle for His creation. There were seven churches in Asia minor as well as seven church ages within the New Testament Era. There are seven spirits of God and seven lamps on the candlestick. God’s Word is pure, purified seven times like silver. Seven candlesticks are seen in Heaven. There are seven angels, seven trumpets, seven final plagues, seven stars, seven horns, seven seals, seven thunders, and seven vials all seen in John’s apocalyptic vision. Jerusalem is built upon seven hills. On and on this list could go to show us how frequently God moves and works through the number seven, the number of completion.
The Seven Pillars that Wisdom hews out both support and uphold that which is complete. They support all Truth, not just some Truth. The Seven Pillars uphold every aspect of the character of God and the Will of God. They uphold God’s Kingship and Authority, not only in part but in entirety. These are the pillars that Wisdom is working and hewing out in you - living pillars of breath, fire, zeal, worship, love, and support for the Will and Kingship of God.
-Paul M Hanssen