Scriptures

The Lampstand

Introduction

Read Exodus 25:31-39.

The Lampstand was made of solid, pure gold, beaten out of a single piece. It was placed towards the left side of the Holy Place, the South side. Exodus does not give us either the dimensions or the pattern of the Lampstand, but we do know it had branches and that the bowls were to be formed like almonds in blossom.

The lampstand was therefore like a tree of gold. ‘In Him was life and the life was the light of men’. John 1:4. The Lampstand was lit permanently, to give light inside the Holy Place. ‘The true light which enlightens every man was coming into the world’. John 1:9.

The priests in the Tabernacle were responsible, evening and morning, for topping up the seven lamps with oil and trimming their wicks. Jesus said, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life’. John 8:12.

Therefore, the lampstand points us to Jesus Christ Himself, the light of the whole world. We need the Lord’s light; in His light we see light, Psalm 36:9.

It was when God commanded His light to shine in our hearts that we began to see how excellent it is to know Jesus Christ, compared to all other things. 2 Corinthians 4:6.

We also began to see how greatly blinded and deceived we had become by the god of this world and by our own lusts. 2 Corinthians 4:4 / Titus 3:3.

We not only need to see His light, we need to walk in His light, 1 John 1:5-7 / Ephesians 1:18 / Ephesians 5:5-8.

This will involve the Lord shining on many things that do not reflect Him. We should confess anything shined on in our conscience to our Advocate in heaven, Jesus Christ the Righteous, who gave Himself for our sins. 1 John 1:9 / 1 John 2:1-2.

This kind of inner working is the functioning of the light of life: the priests trimmed the wicks of the lamps in the lampstand and re-filled the bowls with oil and the light burned brightly again. Revelation 1:12-13.

Once our conscience is clear and we are walking in the light, we are then the light of the world, as Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16. We can shine for the Lord in the midst of this dark and dirty generation, Philippians 2:15.

This is the experience of the Light in an individual way, but the lampstand has seven lamps, seven is the number of completion. Therefore, the lampstand is composed of multiple lamps, people, having similar experiences, the local church. For example, Revelation 2:1-7.

The lampstand was formed by beating a solid lump of gold. First the central stem was beaten out. Then from the central stem the branches were beaten out. This shows us Christ and His members in His body, 1 Corinthians 12:12.

When Jesus came He was the unique Light of the World. Then Peter, James and John were ‘beaten out’, established in Christ, 2 Corinthians 1:21.

We know that the three lamps on either side were lit from the lamp in the central stem, when the lampstand was set up. This indicates that Christ ‘lit’ Peter, James, John and the other early disciples and they began to follow Him, the Light of the World.

Then after His death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus came to them and breathed the Holy Spirit into them, John 20:22 and poured out the Holy Spirit upon them, Acts 2:33.

Peter was on fire. Stephen caught the flame, then Philip; they came together with many others to be the church in Jerusalem, Acts 8:1, the lampstand there, beaten out of one source, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The lampstand is all gold, it is God’s work. Philippians 2:12-13. By the time of the apostle John, in the Book of Revelation, there are seven churches in Asia, Revelation 1-3, that are still the objects of Christ’s care and attention. There is one church in each of seven cities, Revelation 1:20 and it is still God’s work, the Son of Man, Jesus, is walking in the midst of the seven churches, which are seven golden lampstands. They are not plastic, they are gold. They are answerable not to men, but to Jesus, the Son of Man in His priestly role.

Christ speaks to each church in turn. At the start of the letter to each church, one or more of the characteristics of Christ in John’s vision, in Revelation 1 is/are applied directly to the situation of that church.

Whatever the Lord Jesus Christ is, it is for His churches, His lampstands, to experience. At the end of the letter to each church, the Spirit is there, applying what has been said to those who have an ear to hear. Revelation 2-3.

The aged apostle John is not there as organisational head; he is in exile because of the word of God and because of the testimony of Jesus, Revelation 1:9. Christ is the Director, the Boss. He is tending the lampstands, Revelation 1:13. John is a brother and companion in tribulation with those he writes to. Revelation 1:9.

Eventually, at the end of the Book of Revelation, the New Jerusalem will be one enormous golden lampstand, not requiring any more trimming. There will be no darkness to combat any more, just the flowing ‘of the river of water of life, with the tree of life, from the throne of God and the Lamb. Revelation 22:1-2.

This will be the consummate Tabernacle of God with men, having the glory of God; He will dwell with us for ever and we will be His people and He will be our God, Revelation 21:3.

How we look forward to that day!

‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!’ Revelation 22:21

 

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

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