“He made chains like a necklace and put them on the heads of the pillars, and he made 100 pomegranates and put them on the chains.” 2 Chronicles 3:16 Amplified
The verse today is included in the description of the temple that Solomon was building to honor God. We don’t generally pay a lot of attention to these types of verses primarily because we don’t feel it has any application for us. The new testament, however, speaks of the temple as being our body. Interestingly, 1 Corinthians 3:16 says that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you.
The Chronicles verse states he made chains like necklaces and put them on the heads of pillars. Why would the pillars need necklaces? Verse 17 says these pillars stood in front of the temple, one on each side of the entrance. Solomon named the pillars, one was called Jachin – which means He shall establish, and the other one was called Boaz which means In it is strength. To me that says, God will establish His covenant with me and in it is strength.
The last interesting point to me is about the Pomegranates, he put them on the chains. Why that fruit? There is a compound found only in pomegranates called punicalagin and it is shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. It not only lowers your cholesterol, but it also lowers blood pressure and increases the speed at which heart blockages (atherosclerosis) melt away. As someone who was just told I have high cholesterol I’ll start drinking pomegranate juice!
Let’s also look at the spiritual side of the pomegranate, sin is a heart blocker in our communication with God. I believe that’s why he put the pomegranate necklaces on the pillars, to show those back then and especially for us now to not allow anything to block our relationship with God.