The Golden Lampstand

There’s an old story of a man who was walking at night, and saw another man searching for something near a lamp post. Approaching, he asked the man what he was looking for, and the man, without looking up, replied, “My watch.” The first man asked, “Well, prec … More


A seven-branched candlestick of pure gold provided the only light within the tent itself, just as Jesus is the light of the world (vv. 31-32). This golden lampstand was the most beautiful piece of furniture in the tabernacle. Its decorative flower-like cups, buds and blossoms were formed from one solid piece of gold. These seven lights were not made by candles, but instead seven wicks burned pure olive oil, representing the Holy Spirit, and drawn from a common reservoir (Lev. 24:1-4).You remember that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” So this speaks of Jesus too.

On each side of an upright shaft were three branches extending upward Each branch had three almond flower-shaped cups (v. 33), and the center shaft had four such cups (v. 34). At the top of the center shaft and each of the six branches was a lamp (vv. 35- 36). The seven lamps in the lampstand  provided light in the tent (v. 37). The tongs and trays for taking care of the lamps are also to be make of pure gold (v, 38). The lampstand, which was to burn continually, and was serviced by the priests in the morning, and at sunset (Ex. 27:20-21). The amount of gold required for this piece of furniture and its accessories was a talent, which was about 75 pounds (v. 39) And they must follow the pattern shown on the mountain (v. 40). As this lampstand provided light for the priestly functions before God, so Christ today is the Light of the world (John 8:12).


Just as the Lampstand light up the whole tent I would pray that my life might light up the world.

Exodus 25:31-40 (English Standard Version)

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