Exodus 25:31 ” you shall make a lamp stand of pure gold. The lamp stand shall be made of hammered work: its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it.”
It was to be made of pure gold, hammered out to the perfect accuracy of God’s decree.
Psalm 119:127 gold – the most valuable metal
Gold is often spoken of in terms of being ‘tested by fire”. Job 23:10 ” But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”
Numbers 31: 23 ‘Everything that can stand the fire you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean. Nevertheless , it shall also be purified with water for impurity. And whatever cannot stand the fire you shall pass through the water.’
The top of each branch was to be made like an open almond flower. Each flower held and oil lamp. There are 6 branches with 7 lamps. Still today it is made the same way.
Shaping of the gold symbolizes the image of God. Christ is called the image of God in 2 Cor 4:4. He is the image of the Father, the invisible God. Col 1:15. Thus the lamp stand represents Christ.
“No one has ever seen God; the only begotten Son; who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” John 1:18.
Rev 4:5 – The 7 lamps represent Holy Spirit of God. Oil represents the Holy Ghost anointing.It is the expression/manifestation of God. trinity……
Our nights blaze with light. Big cities never seem to sleep as they are constantly bathed in light. We have lights that can be seen vast distances even miles. We want to know what is ‘out there’. We want the knowledge of what lies ahead. Thus equipped and armed with that understanding and ‘sight’ knowledge, we are comfortable to step out and go forth. We believe that God is capable of handling all the other details.
The lesson here is this – just one step at a time is all that the lamps of that century would illuminate. It showed forth only one steps worth at a time – one moment at a time.
One writer says ‘We may want more, we may think we need more but one step, one moment is all He promises us…and really its all we need.’