You are the Light of the World

Menorah Light Heavenly

You are the light of the world.

“Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.’ ” And Aaron did so; he arranged the lamps to face toward the front of the lampstand, as the LORD commanded Moses. Now this workmanship of the lampstand was hammered gold; from its shaft to its flowers it was hammered work. According to the pattern which the LORD had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand” (Numbers 8:2-4 NKJV).

On three different occasions, God instructed Moses on how to make and kindle the menorah (i.e., lampstand) in His Holy Temple. In this article, I’d like to point out two specific instructions given for God’s Light: [1] That all of its lamps should be turned toward its center stem (“the face of the menorah”), [2] That the menorah should NOT be made piecemeal and its parts welded together; rather, the entire Menorah – its base, its center stem, its six arms and its decorative forms (22 goblets, eleven globes and nine flowers), standing about 60 inches high and weighing approximately 150 pounds – should be hammered out of a single block of gold. Can you imagine the creativity energy this required?! BTW – Both these instructions were repeated; therefore, the LORD wants us to really pay attention to what He emphasizes in the centrality to the function and significance of menorah.

Let’s explore one dimension of God’s light that was, and is still, meant to light the world.

“The soul of man is a lamp of God” (Proverbs 20:27). Like the lamp, the function of the soul is to illuminate its surroundings. The soul, “literally a part of God Above,” is placed within a material body and world so that it should radiate its light to the darkest reaches of created reality. The light in the LORD’s Holy Temple on earth that was made after a heavenly pattern had seven lamps, corresponding to the seven primary traits of the human character. Some souls excel in the trait of chessed (love, benevolence), others in the attribute of gevurah (self-discipline, fear of G-d); still others exemplify tiferet (harmony, compassion), netzach (ambition), hod (humility, devotion), yesod (communication, connectedness) or malchut (regality, receptiveness). Together we form a seven-branched menorah, radiating seven qualities of light which fill God’s earthly temples and spills out to the world beyond our walls.

That the golden menorah was made out of one 150-pound ingot of gold speaks of the singular origin of the diverse community of man – “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3). Just as the entire menorah had to be hammered out of a single piece of gold, so must all seven types of human characteristics be derive from a single source. All are equally “literally a part of God Above,” in origin and in essence. They, and therefore we, are ONE.

The first instruction expresses the common objective of the menorah’s lights. All lamps are turned toward “the face of the menorah.” Even after they have branched off into seven distinct lamps, even after they are burning with seven different lights, all are directed toward the same place. All are striving toward the same goal:

“Yeshua spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.’ “ (John 8:12 HNV Hebrew Names Version).

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt 5:14 NKJV).

Basically, this is one of the messages of the Light in God’s Temple: You have a golden foundation. You have golden flowers of the almond tree. You have seven golden branches. You have one origin and essence. You are the light of the world.

Say it with me: “I am golden! I am the light of the world! And I am ONE in Christ!”

“that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him.” (Eph 1:10 NKJV).

~ Robin Main

Copyright August 6, 2013 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main

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