The Upward Shining Light Of The Menorah
19.06.2017, Daniel Glimm
Jesus Christ has said about us as His chosen people that we are the light of the world which can not be hidden, therefore I would like to share this word referring to the upward or forward shining light of the Menorah entirely made of gold (see Matthew 5:14-16 i.c.w. Numbers 8:1-4).
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.’ ”
3 Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the Lord commanded Moses.
4 This is how the lampstand was made: It was made of hammered gold – from its base to its blossoms. The lampstand was made exactly like the pattern the Lord had shown Moses.
The Procedure For The Ignition Of The Lamps Of The Menorah
Moses was instructed by God to speak to Aaron and to instruct him how to ignite the Menorah.
It is said that Aaron should put the lamps of the Menorah like this, so that all seven lamps should shine forward with its light.
Based on this approach I would like to address a few aspects helping us to understand how divine illumination of a determined space by God happens.
The Shew-Bread, The Bread Of His Presence
This forward shining light created a light cone that illuminated the table of the shew-bread in the Holy Place of the tabernacle that is the bread of His presence (see Exodus 25:30; Exodus 26:35 i.c.w. Leviticus 24:5-7).
30 Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.
35 Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle and put the lampstand opposite it on the south side.
5 “Take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread, using two-tenths of an ephah for each loaf.
6 Arrange them in two stacks, six in each stack, on the table of pure gold before the Lord.
7 By each stack put some pure incense as a memorial portion to represent the bread and to be a food offering presented to the Lord.
The illuminated twelve layers of shew-bread represents the testimony of Jesus Christ which is the Spirit of Prophecy (see Revelation 19,10e).
… 10e for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
And it is prophecy that is like a light. Prophecy can not work separately from the Word of God and His Holy Spirit (see 2 Peter 1:19-21).
2 Peter 1:19-21:
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.
21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The Place Where God Allows His Light To Shine
First of all, it is important to recognize where God wants His light to shine and that it usually shines where it is dark and gloomy in order to bring clarity (see Genesis 1:1-3 i.c.w. Matthew 4:15-16).
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – 16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light (note: Jesus Christ); on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
In the first place, God makes His light shine through Jesus Christ the Lamb of God because the Lamb possesses the character of a lamp which is the reason why it is no coincidence that Jesus Christ was seen from men as a great light when He walked on earth in flesh and blood (see Revelation 21:23 i.c.w. Matthew 4:16).
23 The city (note: the messianic/anointed Jerusalem) does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
“… 16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light (note: Jesus Christ); on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
The Lamb of God is the facet of the spiritual characteristic in the invisible world of Jesus Christ carrying the presence of Jesus while He lived on earth in the temporal time (note: round about 33 years; see Luke 3:23) as well as His final victory, that He achieved on the middle cross of Calvary.
The Setting Up Of The Lamps And Its Ignition
In Exodus 8:2 we are told that Aaron (note: means “light mountain, enlightenment”) should place the lamps of the Menorah so that they might shine to the front.
The Hebrew word for "set up" used in this passage is "'ālāh" and means "going up, ascending. It also describes the movement from a lower place to a higher place."
The Hebrew word for the "forward shining light" is "ôr" and means among other things "the source of light/daylight as the first created work of God as well as illumination, bright, glorious, ignited, joy". (partial excerpt from the Elberfelder Study Bible to the word "'ālāh" with the word key number 6045 and the word "'ôr" with the word key number 220)
So looking closely to the attributes that contributed to the Menorah being illuminated according to God's will, we can clearly see that the obedience of Aaron following the instruction of God by Moses was necessary in the first place.
At this point, Aaron representing saints who have already maintained a close relationship with God over a long period of time, who are spiritually mature as well as empowered to advance in a high sphere of revelation and in the knowledge of the Lord in order to be enabled to fill the predestined space with divine revelation by God.
This divine fulfillment of the predestined space is closely connected to the ignition of the spirit of believers (note: like the lighting of the wicks of the seven lamps of the Menorah) who would move forward in spirit and in truth in unity and also in the richness of faith. Furthermore, they should be ready to go to a higher spiritual level in Jesus Christ. It is necessary for those believers to be submitted to a spiritually competent leadership empowering them to go higher in the spirit by their knowledge.
The Soul Of Man And The Flame
According to the Word of God, the soul/spirit of man is a light or rather a flame (see Proverbs 20:27).
27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
And similarly as the flame of a candle moves and always searches its way upward so should we as believers in Jesus Christ always pursue to go higher in the spirit and consequently to mature as sons in the relationship with God, the Father (see Romans 8:14).
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children (note: sons) of God.
The Task Of Competent Spiritual Leadership
It is the task of competent spiritual leaders to contribute this ignition to their assigned believers by applying the fire of God so that believers in the future may shine more intensely by the fresh fire of the Spirit that has its seat in the victory or the triumph of Jesus Christ (Luke 12:49a).
49 “I (note: Jesus Christ) have come to bring fire on the earth, …”
The Wick And The Flame Of Fire
The fire of the seven lamps of the Menorah being connected to the wick represents the abidance in the Word or rather the teaching of God that we need in our lives on earth so that faith would increase in us and its light can contribute on earth to the reality of the supernatural world where God dwells (see Romans 10:17 i.c.w. Hebrews 11:6).
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
The Cone Of Light That Shines Forward
The light of the ignited lamps of the Menorah created an upward or frontward falling light cone, which filled the room with light in which the Menorah stood. This light is equivalent to the character of the new dawning of the day as the Hebrew word "ôr" describes it as the beginning source of (all) light. This light is destined to expel the darkness and bring separation between light and darkness (Genesis 1:3-5).
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.
The Mystery Of The Daylight Of God
Jesus Christ is the light of God who carries the mystery of the window of time of the first day of creation.
The first day shows the movement of Jesus as the Son of God before the Father, who "played" between the sphere of the Father and the earth while being moved to restore God's order of the dimension "earth".
When Jesus, the Son of God had created the things in the sphere of the earth before the Father to an end (note: which equates to a playing child before his parents that comes home after playing), He returned into the arms of His Father. This procedure of “coming home” manifested as evening and morning on the earth.
In order to better understand how Jesus played before God and what He created, can be found in the Hebrew word "ôr" for "light/daylight", which is used in Genesis 1:3 (note: explanation to the Hebrew word “or” see above).
What Jesus did was that He has weaved the life of God, His glory, His passionate love, and His joy into the earth where Adam and Eve and all generations to come should enter. We therefore can rejoice that we may live in the perfect presence of His eternal light in eternity (see Revelation 21:23)!
23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,