Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The Lampstand (Golden Candlestick) was to be made of hammered gold, or beaten gold (Exodus 25:31-40).
While the Lampstand represents Jesus as the Light of the World, it also represents us, who are commanded to shine for Him. And the only way we can is when we are "beaten" into shape and form God desires and has designed for us. It is a painful process, but prayer, as part of that shaping discipline, is an essential part of that transformation into Christ's image, to shine as He did and does.
We learn far more about God in our times of hardships than in our times of comfort and ease. It is the struggle that shapes us, molds and makes us into His image.
The flames on the Lampstand in the Tabernacle were never to go out. It was to burn regularly for generations to come as the only source of light inside the Tabernacle.
In Revelation 2:4-5, Jesus gives a frightening warning to the church in Ephesus that He would remove the Lampstand from its place if they did not repent from their spiritual stagnation having lost their first love.
It represented the very presence, anointing and commission of God in the Body of Christ - indiviually and corporately.
Today, we are admonished to keep alert and be vigilante while the world lulls us to complacency and laziness, repeatedly bombarding and manipulating our minds via mass media to seek our own pursuit of "happiness" and self-actualization. We are called to continuously shine for Jesus at all times, all day, and at all seasons.
...to be continued...
Posted by Anonymous at 9:14 AM