Keeping our LAMPS always ‘BURNING’ for GOD
February 7 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 22-24
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Command the children of Israel that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually. Outside the veil of the Testimony, in the tabernacle of meeting, Aaron shall be in charge of it from evening until morning before the Lord continually; it shall be a statute forever in your generations. He shall be in charge of the lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord continually." (Leviticus 24:1-4)
In the above passage we see that God instructs Moses that pure oil from pressed olives was to be burned in the gold lampstand continually. This is the repetition of a law that God had previously given in Exodus 27:20, 21. Olive oil was the fuel of the golden lampstand, the only source of light inside the tabernacle, and it was to burn continually. The lampstand symbolized the life-giving and light-giving power of God, and was shaped to resemble an almond tree in full bloom.
Only the purest olive oil was needed for the lampstand because it stood within the tabernacle, and it was supplied by the people of Israel. This oil for the sacred lampstand was extracted by pounding olives in a mortar by hand, a process that produced the finest, lightest olive oil. It was the duty of Aaron the High Priest and his sons (Exodus 27:21) to trim and refuel the lamps every morning and evening (Ex. 30:7, 8).
A deeper and comprehensive study of God’s Word reveals that the pure oil used in the lampstand is symbolic of the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:2-6), and the light that radiates from the lampstand is symbolic of Jesus Christ who revealed Himself as the “Light of the world” (John 8:12). Jesus Christ was the true light that came to this world to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and was the glory of His people Israel (Luke 2:32).
Before Jesus departed to His heavenly abode, He told us that we are now the light of this world in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Phil 2:15). The light that is within us is the revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor 4:6). Let us keep our lamps continually burning for God and before others with the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us!