I periodically read different sections in the Book of Revelation, like a kid looking for answers to the great mystery.  I’ve sat under at least three pastors that have done amazing studies on the book. I’ve studied it myself. I’ve even taught it myself. And, still, I go back like I’m trying to find something that alludes me.

I suppose, in reality, that’s how I do a lot of my Bible reading; like I’m looking for that long lost treasure. Only it isn’t lost, it’s right there and the discoveries continue with all the excitement that any treasure hunt brings.

But candlesticks? For the longest time, when the reference was made to the lampstands, candlesticks, whichever way your translations or commentaries refer to them, I’ve been captivated by the symbolism. menorah-318641_1920Reference to lampstands is throughout the entire Bible. Early on we discover that lampstands were designed by God, with specific instructions given to Moses on how to construct them.

Exodus 25:31-40 – “Make a lampstand of pure gold. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. 

Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other.  Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.  And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair—six branches in all. The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold. “Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it. Its wick trimmers and trays are to be of pure gold.  A talent of pure gold is to be used for the lampstand and all these accessories. See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

The detail is amazing in the design, the use of gold, and the expectation that the instructions were to be followed precisely. Something of purpose and beauty, a symbol of great light to fill a dark world. Isn’t that what we are, a light to cast away the spiritual darkness of the world?

To do a detailed study on the symbolism, and on all the revelation around lampstands would be much too extensive for a blog that has a limited word count. (Yes, I do try to keep it from getting too long.)  But it is all worth taking a look at. After all, if God was so detailed in his instructions to build the lampstand, then it is worth learning as much as you can about what the lampstand represents.  Taking the time to search out the verses yourself, and come to your own conclusions with Biblical confirmation, is so much richer than merely accepting something someone else has to say.

Go ahead, start your own treasure hunt.

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