There are many times in our lives when we have trouble seeing the course before us. But I take comfort in the fact that God has given the words of scripture to be “a lamp unto my feet” and “a light unto my path.” My spirit’s desire is always to serve my Lord with all wisdom and prudence. But like the priests who served in the tabernacle of Moses, I want a light to keep me from stumbling. When I think of the truth of scripture being like light, my ideas frequently head to the golden lampstand in the tabernacle. This post investigates the biblical truth that we may glean from your study of that lampstand.
Let us start with the words that God talked to Moses concerning the tabernacle’s lampstand:
Exodus 25:31 And thou 34 And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds. 35 And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. 36 Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. 39 Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels.
The “candlestick” which provided light for the Holy Place was really not a candlestick at all. It was a golden Lampstand – but no candles! The Lampstand was fashioned from just one piece of gold.1 (Recall that gold symbolizes deity.) Many Christian scholars consider this Lampstand represents Jesus2 – who’s shown in the New Testament to be the “Light of the World.”
There were no other lamps in the tabernacle; just the Lampstand was lit each evening to give light. It was placed opposite the Table of Showbread (representing the community of religion) and shone its light upon it. In like fashion, Christ is, in addition, seen to function as Light of His Church! We’re blessed to have a loving Savior who shows us the way through the dangers of the world that is shadowy and reveals truth to us! Can you need His wisdom for the challenges with this day? Jesus is the Light for the path of every Christian! Cry out for the wisdom that you simply need. Trust Him to show you “great and mighty things, which you know not!”
The Light fruitfulness and brings development
The gold Lampstand had six branches connected to your central rotating shaft. Three branches were on one side of the shaft and three branches were on the other side. (Modern Jews call this sort of lampstand a “menorah.”) The golden Lampstand was formed like a tree and adorned with blossoms, buds, and exquisite golden blooms. Some have indicated that it was supposed to resemble the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.3
So why is it formed like a fruitful tree? It must be because our life flows from Jesus! Notice there are six divisions. (Notice that six is the number of which signifies mankind.) We’re the branches receiving life and growing out of Christ! Jesus said,
Abide in Him by abiding in prayer. Abide in Him through every trial by your continuous faith and by your continual compliments. Allow the meditations of your heart be filled with thoughts of His glorious power and love. If we so abide in Him, He Himself will induce us to be productive for His kingdom!
Shine the Light
Jesus Christ referred to himself as the “light of the world.” He brought the light of life to every soul that drifted in the darkness and confusion and came into the dreary night of our existence.
In the darkness, my mind plays tricks on me. It conjures all kinds of awful phantoms. In the light, the truth can be seen by me. My fears are shown to be merely products of my imagination. My sense of security in my worldly possessions or in my abilities is likewise shown to be an illusion. The lies that I have believed are exposed.
Jesus said to His disciples, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). But elsewhere, he said that we are the light of the world! It truly is insufficient for us to see the light of the world. Jesus calls His disciples to be light!
In this dim world of sin, masses are staggering at this moment. Seeing no risk, they stumble ever near to eternal torment. Won’t you endure the Light of Christ? Will not you be more than a subdued reflection? Won’t you ask the Lord to shine His Light today?
Have you oil in your lamp?
Finally, let’s look at a passage of scripture which offers us even more light for our course:
Leviticus 24:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn always. 3 Without the vail of the account, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.
The people of God were commanded to bring pure olive oil to burn continually in the golden Lampstand. (Seemingly, this oil was different in the oil used for anointing the priests and the tabernacle furnishings.4) This oil represents the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit anointed Jesus of Nazareth to teach, to preach, to cast out devils, to heal the sick, and to do wonders. In these manners, both the compassion of God and the power were revealed during His ministry among us through Him.
But God has called us to be the revealers of His compassion and power! Which means that we cannot expect to answer His call unless we render ourselves as vessels of the Holy Spirit, also. No light was created by the Lampstand unless the lamps were full of oil. Neither can we be lights unless we are filled. Showing the truth – that’s what the light does – needs being filled with the Spirit!
At Pentecost (and many times after), the Holy Spirit was poured out on His people as they sought by faith to get power from on high. The “assurance of the Father” is still good today. If you ask Him, He fill you with His Holy Spirit but also will not cleanse you.
Perhaps, you might have asked God to fill you with His Spirit. But the sense of the word indicates a continuous giving rather than merely just one experience.5 Every day, we must ask God to fill us afresh with His power! If we’re to be the light (as Jesus was the Light), we must keep our lamps filled with that celestial oil. Submit yourself to God as a willing vessel for His use that is holy. Ask you to fill today – and glow brightly for His glory!