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THE PATH OF LIFE (Pt. 2)

“The path of the righteous shines more and more until the full light of day”. (Proverbs 4:18).

When God wanted a people with whom He could fellowship He shows Moses a pattern in heaven. This pattern given was what has become known as Moses Tabernacle. It was really “God’s Tabernacle” shown to Moses. One of the most important pieces of furniture shown was the Menorah or Lampstand which was to be placed in the Holy Place or the Tabernacle of the Congregation.”The Lord said to Moses, “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.’ ” Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the Lord commanded Moses. (Numbers 8:1-3 NIV)  

Aaron as the high priest was directly responsible for the Lampstand (Candlestick). He was to both carry it and care for the light or flame upon it. God spoke to him to see that the light not go out.  Today, we have a great high priest, Yeshua (Jesus) who sees that the Lampstand burns in the holy place of our hearts continually. The scriptures tell us that “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord”. In other words, when we receive the life of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God makes our spirit alive.  We come alive(Born again) by His Spirit (See John 1:12-13).   

CARRY THE LIGHT

No matter how many times Israel moved about in the wilderness, Aaron was responsible to see that the light travelled with them. Yeshua, both our great high priest and the true Lampstand goes with us on our journey.   He said,”I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness”(John 8:12).  We need not fear that the darkness of this world will overtake us as long as we follow Yeshua (Jesus) the true Light source.  Paul wrote, “We are children of the light, children of the day not of the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).

PURE OIL

Aaron and his sons were to make sure that the lamps on the top of the Lampstand were clean, with trimmed wicks and supplied with fresh, pure olive oil.  When (Yeshua) Jesus ministers to us it is by the agency of the Holy Spirit in our spiritual being.  There is a reason He is called the “Holy Spirit”.  It is because He does not represent man’s carnal interest, foremost, but  the primary interest of the Father and the Son’s (See Philippians 1:6; 2:13; John 16;12-15).  The more we walk in the fullness of His Holy Spirit the purer and brighter the flame shines.  This is the applied meaning of the Candlestick having buds, blossoms and fruit” on each of its golden branches (See Exodus 25:31-35).

The apostle Paul wrote, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25 NASB).   If we are true carriers of His light we are true bearers of His fruitful character and nature.

EVENING AND MORNING

Aaron was to see that the flame was burning “evening and morning”.   Note the order. God’s order in creation was “The evening and the morning was the first day….The evening and the morning was the second day”,etc.(Genesis 1)  So, too, it is in the order of redemption.  Evening proceeds the morning, darkness is before the light.  Remember the children of Israel waited until night engulfed Egypt before they were liberated from their bondage.  So this applies to today.

There may be darkness around you, which suggests that you have to submit to its power. But never forget that evening proceeds morning. Light shines forth to swallow up the darkness and lead us to the perfect day. The captain of a seafaring vessel doesn’t hope that the Lighthouse is dimly lit when coming through thick midst and darkness.  He hopes that it is shining a brilliant light in order to bring the vessel safely into harbor!  So…Keep the pure oil in those lamps and keep the holy fire burning!

 

(c) Copyright 2014, Walter Fletcher Jr. All rights reserved. This article may be shared free of charge provided it is not altered from its original content. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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THE PATH OF LIFE (Pt.1)

“The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, it shines brighter and brighter to the perfect day”(Proverbs 4:18).

Like a father who heroically rescues a captured son, so the LORD God likens Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage. But we must understand that the end goal was not just deliverance, it was an invitation to a people to enter into a new relationship with God (See Exodus 19:1-6).

Moses met God on the Mount in the desert and brings back words of His intent to take this people unto Himself in “the covenant of marriage” as it were. They would become His own special treasure and possession for a special purpose in the earth. Later on, the prophet Isaiah reminds them of the Lord’s purpose. “I will make you a light to the Gentiles, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth”(Isaiah 49:6 NIV).

THE PATHWAY

Perhaps, no Bible illustration better portrays what God had in mind for His people to make them “a light to the nations” as is found in the Tabernacle in the wilderness. God gave Moses a heavenly “Blueprint” that would allow God to remain in the midst of His people. “Let them build Me a sanctuary that I might dwell among them”(Exodus 25:8).

The Tabernacle was to be positioned in the middle of Israel’s encampment with a distinct directional “path”. When set up, as God instructed Moses, there were three distinct compartments: The Outer Court, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Each of these contained their own respective furniture (which is not our focus here). The thing I’d like us to be reminded of is that the pathway of each compartment was illumined by different light sources.

SUN LIGHT

The Outer Court area was dependent upon the light of the Sun. Here the priests ministered at the Brazen (Brass) Altar and the Brazen (Brass) Laver by the natural light. It was necessary for the priest to function and minister to the people who brought their respective sacrifices. But the priests could only function by the NATURAL Sun light.  When the Sun light was eclipsed by darkness, the Outer court function ceased.  Perhaps, this is one of the meanings of that which John experienced in heaven. “I was given a reed like a rod and was told, ‘Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with it’s worshippers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles…'”(Revelation 11:1-2a).

In a world, which is moving into greater moral darkness, we must be reminded that the “natural light of reason” can only bring us so far into a true relational understanding of God. Furthermore, Yeshua (Jesus) warned His disciples saying,” We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work”(John 9:4 NAS). 

THE LAMPSTAND

Beyond the Outer Court was the Holy Place. It was there that the Lampstand (Candlestick) was positioned across from the Table of Shewbread and to the right of the Altar of Incense. The Lampstand (Menorah) in the original Hebrew root word means “light”. It was made of one beaten work of gold with seven oil filled lamps positioned on the top of the Lampstand. With the thick covers over the tabernacle structure, the Candlestick was the only source of light by which the priests could fellowship and function.

The Lampstand according to the Scriptures speaks to us of several things. (1) God, Who is our only true Source of Light. “The LORD is my light and my salvation”(Ps. 27:1;See also 1 John 1:5)). (2) It speaks to us of God’s Word. “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path”(Ps. 119:105;See also Psalm 119:130). (3) Again, the Menorah was to remind Israel of their sovereign calling and destiny. “I have made you a light to the nations”(Isaiah 49:6). (4) In the New Testament, the Candlestick further speaks of Yeshua (Jesus) who declared, “I am the light of the world; he who walks with me shall not walk in darkness”(John 8:12;See also John 1:1-5). Finally, the Candlestick speaks of the community of the faithful followers of Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah. “You are the light of the world…No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”(Matthew 5:14-16; See also Revelation 1:12-13,20).

The image and meaning of the Lampstand is consistent right throughout the Scriptures. Therefore, we must pay attention to its message for us today. If we are on the Path of Life, we are moving closer in our fellowship and walk with God (And one another). God is illuminating our darkness. But if we are not facing His light in this hour we are moving further away and into greater darkness. In other words, I believe this is an hour in which God’s Candlestick is “being restored” or it is “being removed”(See Revelation 2:5). There are no grey zone areas in His presence. Today, we are being invited to “Come…And let us walk in the light of the LORD”(Isaiah 2:5).

 

(C) Copyright 2014, Walter Fletcher Jr. All rights reserved. This article may be copied and shared free of charge provided that it is not altered in anyway from its original content. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com