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Numbers 8:1-4

The Light

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick. 3 And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over against the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses. 4 And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten work: according unto the pattern which the LORD had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.

As God spoke to Moses from between the two cherubims on the ark, He continued to instruct Moses on the manner in which He was to be served. First, there must be light. There were no windows in the tabernacle and, therefore, very little natural light. The "candlestick" is a misleading term. It was a lampstand fueled by oil to provide the light for the entire sanctuary.

The lampstand had seven branches. It might remind us of a tree from the garden, the tree of life. Seven is the number of completion. Thus, the lampstand was of a great symbolical significance. It certainly represents the word of God shining forth into the world. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalms 119:105) It is the light and life of men. Concerning the Word, Peter wrote, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:" (2Peter 1:19) "For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness." (Psalms 18:28)

Aaron was the high priest who was responsible for lighting the seven lamps, symbolical of the blessing that he was to pronounce upon the people, "The Lord make his face to shine upon you." Aaron was also responsible for properly positioning the lampstand. The phrase in verses 3-4, "over against the candlestick," means that it was to give light opposite itself to where the table of showbread stood on the north side of the tabernacle and the altar of incense, which stood toward the east in front of the veil that separated the holy place from the holy of holies. The lampstand provided light to the two places where the other priests performed their duties. Aaron's responsibilities most likely included refilling the lamps with oil.

As our High Priest, Jesus also fills our lamps with the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit. "And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;" And, we are told not to put the lamp under a bushel but on a lampstand so that all the world can see it.

Aaron was obedient to the word that God had spoken to Moses, just as our High Priest was obedient even unto death. The life that is in Him is our life and our light to which we must attend and never allow to be extinguished.

The 4th verse describes the lampstand, which was made according to God's instructions in Exodus 25:31-37 "And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. 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. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it."

It was not made by any ordinary means. It was made entirely from one piece of gold and was fashioned by Bezaleel and Oholiab, who had been specially endowed by the Spirit of God just for this assignment. Thus, it was a beautiful and precious item that lit up the tabernacle.

Jesus told us that we are the light of the world. We were selected and fashioned by God before the foundation of the world, more precious to Him than gold, set in the darkness of an evil world, fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit, and lit up by the words of the Son of God. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Before The Throne:

Make sure that your fire does not burn dim or be completely extinguished. Pray that God wold start a revival in your soul. ommit yourself to shining the light of Jesus Christ to everyone who will listen to you. Pray that your light would be the fire that lights another and another and another etc.

For Further Study:

** Exod 25:37; Exod 37:18-19, 23; Exod 40:25; Lev 24:1-2; Ps 119:105, 130; Isa 8:20; Matt 5:14; John 1:9; 2Pet 1:19; Rev 1:12, 20; Rev 2:1; Rev 4:5;

(v.4) ** this work. Exod 25:31-39; Exod 37:17-24; ** beaten work. Exod 25:18; Exod 37:7, 17, 22; ** the pattern. Exod 25:9, 40; 1Chr 28:11-19; Heb 8:5; Heb 9:23;


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