Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 25:31a, 37 (NIV)
“Make a lampstand of pure gold…Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it.”
Exodus 25:31a, 37 (MSG))
“Make a Lampstand of pure hammered gold…Make seven of these lamps for the Table. Arrange the lamps so they throw their light out in front.”
““You shall make a lampstand of pure gold…Then you shall make the lamps [of the lampstand] seven in number [with one lamp at the top of the shaft]. The priests shall set up its seven lamps so that they will light the space in front of it.” -AMPLIFIED
God moves on to giving Moses the instructions of creating the lampstand and its lamps that would be within the tabernacle. As with each piece that has been described thus far it too had a design that was very elaborate and made from the very best.
This lampstand is properly referred to as a menorah within the Jewish culture. It stood for light, wisdom, and Divine inspiration from God. Its purpose was to light the space in front of it; which would have been to the left side of the Holy place outside the veil to the Holy of Holies.
It was the duty of the people to keep the supply of oil available so the lamps would not run out of oil. God told Moses, “Now, order the Israelites to bring you pure, clear olive oil for light so that the lamps can be kept burning. In the Tent of Meeting, the area outside the curtain that veils The Testimony, Aaron and his sons will keep this light burning from evening until morning before God. This is to be a permanent practice down through the generations for Israelites.” -Exodus 27:20-21(MSG)
“As its unique design communicates, the Menorah endures as a symbol of Divine light spreading throughout the world. To this end, God commanded that the Menorah’s goblets be turned upside down on their stems, emphasizing the importance of spreading light to others. This design reflects the Menorah’s exact purpose in the Holy Temple, which was to spread the light of Godliness to the entire world.” -UnitedwithIsrael.org
The purpose of the lampstand and its lamps was to give light. It was to be continuously burning; never going out. Only pure, fresh olive oil was to be used; a representation of the Holy Spirit.
Charles Spurgeon shares a few thoughts on the oil that was needed for the lamps, “It was not every oil that might be used in the Lord’s service; neither the petroleum which exudes so plentifully from the earth, nor the produce of fishes, nor that extracted from nuts would be accepted; one oil only was selected, and that the best olive oil. Pretended grace from natural goodness, fancied grace from priestly hands, or imaginary grace from outward ceremonies will never serve the true saint of God; he knows that the Lord would not be pleased with rivers of such oil. He goes to the olive-press of Gethsemane, and draws his supplies from him who was crushed therein. The oil of gospel grace is pure and free from lees and dregs, and hence the light which is fed thereon is clear and bright. Our churches are the Saviour’s golden candelabra, and if they are to be lights in this dark world, they must have much holy oil.” -Spurgeon – Morning and Evening
Jesus reminded His followers that they had the responsibility to let their lights shine and shine bright too. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG)
Is your light shining bright?
Lord, I want to be sure that my light is shining radiantly for you. Help me to carefully tend the lamp that you have given me. Let me be filled with the Holy Spirit, so that my light will shine continuously and brightly. I want to take this responsibility of sharing you with the World seriously. Let my light illuminate you in this dark, dark World. I want to be a reflection of you; let your Light be in me.