The menorah within the holy place of the ancient tabernacle was a work of extraordinary beauty and consisted of three main parts: Out of the base a vertical shaft arose and from either side of the shaft there sprang three branches curving outward and upward. Each of the six branches and the center shaft ended in a cup made in the form of an open almond flower. At the very top the opened petals of the flower held an oil lamp. The branches and the central shaft were skillfully decorated with that same open-almond blossom design with three on each branch and four on the center shaft.
Each of the six branches ended in a cup made like an open almond flower. The seven oil lamps resting in the flower petals were like small bowls. The decoration was so exquisite and intricate that God commanded that only the most highly skilled craftsmen anointed by the Holy Spirit should make it. No measurements are given as to its exact size who can measure the light of God? A flax or linen wick would be placed in the lamp and the fire was never to go out Lev. Twice every day, morning and evening, a priest attended to the wick and replenished the pure beaten olive oil for the lamps Ex It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel.
Still today the Jews use pure olive oil shemen zayit to light the menorah on Hanukkah because it is the finest quality to be found. The word shemen is an acronym for: It was the high priest alone who trimmed and dressed the lamp. He alone was responsible for the light shining. All day and all night, whether anyone was present or not, these seven lamps constantly lit up the glory of the Holy Place and especially on the table of the shewbread as a reminder that Gods Presence is always with His people.
Seven-branched menorah on a Hasmonean coin. The Rabbis interpret the lamp as a symbol of Israel, whose mission is to become a "light to the nations" Is In the present day synagogue there are similar religious items. The ark is located on the east wall of the synagogue; it contains the Torah scrolls. Above the ark, an eternal lamp is kept burning. To the side of the ark a menorah or seven branched candelabra is placed.
The Golden Lamp-Stand
Almond in Hebrew means "the awakening one", because the almond tree was the first tree to awake from the sleep of winter and blossom. It spoke of the speedy and powerful result of light. Take some of the best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man-- a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds. For man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets. See also Numbers and Scripture about the number 7.
A Type of Christ. The golden lampstand was the only source of light in the holy place. Its primary purpose was to give light in front of it. It was to shine on the table of shewbread and never to be put out. It was never to stop shining. This was a constant reminder that God was with His people. The Bible says that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. When the apostle John said, "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it," he was referring to Jesus coming into the world.
Jesus made the world and created life and came to bring Gods life to fallen man but since man is in darkness apart from Jesus they could not comprehend the light that comes with the life of God. The golden lampstand illuminated the shewbread and so God illuminates His people. Why not just give up? If you stopped confessing Christ all your sufferings would cease. But it was at this point right here that these believers had their greatest opportunity. People would ask them questions about their hope, and they could point them to Jesus Christ, their ultimate hope!
You see, they were hammered, but that just gave them opportunity to shine brightly for the Lord. The purpose of the lampstand was to illuminate.
THE MEANING OF THE LAMPSTAND
So, how do we apply the picture of the Lampstand to our lives today? First, we must understand that the Lampstand points to Jesus Christ. Then we must understand that the Lampstand points to the church. Jesus Christ Illumines Truth. Light is used in the Bible as a metaphor for revealing truth, and granting knowledge. Jesus said in John 8: Do you realize what a blessing light is?
We just take it for granted. But try to imagine a world where there was no light. We could not see to walk around without bumping into everything. There would be confusion and disorder. It would be terrible.
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Well, when Jesus Christ came into the world He brought light. He enabled the common person to understand the Father. Where there was ignorance of God, Jesus cast light so that they could see. Jesus was the Master Teacher. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, it says that the crowds were amazed at His teaching, for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
In fact, you and I would never be saved, if God had not illuminated the truth about Jesus Christ and His gospel to us! Paul says in 2 Cor. Jesus said in Mt. If you are a Christian, it is because Jesus has revealed the Father to you, and the Father has revealed the Son to you. He has shone in your hearts to give the knowledge of Christ. Jesus Christ Exposes Sin. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.
Whatever we have said or done will be exposed by Jesus Christ at the final Judgment. Did you know that Jesus Christ will be the judge of all men on Judgment Day? So, if Jesus is going to judge all men, He is going to have to expose the truth about their lives. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Christ is going to sit as your judge, and He is going to bring out everything about your life one day, the good and the bad. Everything will be exposed by His piercing light. But then, Christ is also going to reveal how you turned from your sin, repented, and trusted Jesus.
He will show everyone the times when you witnessed, and shared the gospel with others.
THE MEANING OF THE LAMPSTAND
He will show the times when you responded to angry and bitter words with kind and gracious words. He will show how your life was transformed, and you began to show love and grace to others. Where you were completely self-centered before, after you met Christ you went out of your way to help others, give them rides, take meals to them, and serve them. However, if you are not a Christian, you also will be exposed. You will stand naked, and guilty, and condemned before Him.
But in contrast to the Christian, there will be no time in your life that Christ will expose where you repented and trusted Him. All there will be is a life of sin. Your words will condemn you. Your actions will condemn you. You will have no Advocate to plead your case, because the only Advocate there is, is now your Judge. Christian, the idea that Christ will expose your whole life may be scary, but it is nothing like what the non-Christian will experience. He is the one who should be terrified. My friend, if you are not at peace with God, I urge you to repent, and cast yourself on His mercy today!
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. It also says that we are the light of the world. How can that be? Well, Jesus said in John 9: He was the light of the world, while He was in it. Thus, He has appointed us, His church, to be the light of the world now! So, just what does it mean for us to let our light shine? When we let our light shine, what do men see? Do they see perfect Biblical doctrine? He said that they see our good works. Evidently, to shine our light before men is to do good works.
Listen to how Paul puts it in Philippians 2: By not grumbling or disputing, like everyone else does.
In the thirty-five hundred years since Moses described this pattern, no one has been able to produce a better design. The Jews often make use of drawings of this lampstand; they make minor variations in the style of it, but no one has been able to improve it.
Architects vary the designs they make of buildings. Clothing fashions go back and forth from one style to another. This lampstand, however, was designed by God. What He fashions cannot be improved. The lampstand signifies the Triune God. In typology gold represents the divine nature. This gold was not in a formless lump. It was structured into a form that bespoke its function. The shape of the gold, a lampstand, symbolizes the image of God. The image or form of the lampstand, then, signifies Christ. What are the seven lamps?
About this we cannot be clear until we come to Revelation. There we are plainly told that the seven lamps are the seven Spirits of God Rev. The seven Spirits are simply the Holy Spirit of God.