The Candlesticks: The light of the World

And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. Exodus 25:31 KJV

The tabernacle had no windows. The artificial light supplied by the candlestick was the only illumination needed. Easton says it represents the church as the light of the world. This light symbolises the knowledge of God, which is not common to all men. The Desert Review says it represents Jesus lighting our way for service. In the Apocalypse, the seven lamp stands are described as the seven churches( Rev.1:20 ). The purpose of the church is to remain as light to the world( Mat.5:14-16 ). If the church looses this function in the society, it becomes a mere social institution. This function can only be accomplished by a daily trimming and fitting into the plans and purpose of God. In Rev.2:5, Jesus warns the church to return to its first love, before it looses its candlestick ( Rev2:5). That is a call not to loose the opportunity of testifying about Christ wherever Community exists. That community begins with you. No matter your location, sharing the light of the gospel will cause every path to be illuminated by it. The Desert Review concludes that the daily trimming indicates Gods partnership with us to accomplish His will on earth. This requires our availability, cooperation and willingness to be used of God.

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