Wednesday, September 7, 2016
The Golden Lamp Stand
Our Bible Study continued about the Tent Tabernacle and the significance of each piece of furniture; a picture of Christ Jesus. As our teacher taught the lesson, I took notes and present a digested message here for you.
Our teacher had brought a small replica of the Golden Lamp Stand which helped us visualize how it might be. She also brought a bottle olive oil and poured a small amount in a beautiful dish. We were to each dip our fingers in the oil and rub our hands together. Olive oil is used by many Pastors to anoint for service and to anoint those who need healing.
The Lamp Stand was solid and made of pure gold. It’s continual fire burning provided light in the darkness of the holy of holies. There was a central shaft with six branches, three on each side and each holding thick olive oil to burn. Daily the priest would trim the wick and add more oil.
Exodus 25:31-40 And you shall make a lamp stand of pure gold: of hammered work shall the lamp stand be made: its shaft, and its branches, its bowls, its knobs, and its flowers, shall be of the same one piece. - - Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these utensils; wick trimmers, and their trays. And see that you make them after their pattern, which was shown you on the mount.
Consider the darkness that was over the earth prior to creation.
Day 1, God spoke, “Let there be Light.” And it was so.
Day 2 in creation; God separated the waters from the earth and sky, creating oceans, lakes and rivers.
Day 3 He spoke to the earth to bring forth grass, herbs and trees. The earth yielded a vegetarian diet in the garden.
Day 4 God made a light of Day, and a light of Night; Sun, Moon and Stars.
It is easy to understand how nations without God’s Word, would worship the Sun and the Moon.
The Light was good and it separated light from darkness. Early in the morning there is the break of day as the light reveals itself to be Day Light.
Jesus is the Light of Life, and he is our prosperity and author of our faith. As believers we are covered with the Light of the Holy Spirit.
Day 5. The waters brought forth moving creatures after their kind. Then God brought forth foul of every kind, and finally the animals after their own kind.
Day 6. God carefully created a man, calling him Adam, and God breathed into Adam the breath of life.
Day 7. God rested.
The Priests of the Tabernacle were responsible to keep up the spiritual care of the people. Daily they trimmed the Lamp Stand and kept the fire burning.
We are responsible to trim from our life those things that are not pleasing to God.
Psalms 119:105 Thy Word is a Lamp onto my feet and a Light onto my pathway.