"Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous." Psalm 112:4
Text: Exodus 27
THE SYMBOL OF LIGHT
Great significance was attached to keeping of the Lamp in the Holy Place. Two sets of symbols must be borne in mind even as the Aaronic priests tended to the Lamp.
1. With reference to God
a) God as the vital Source of Light
This must always be borne in mind! There must be constant appreciation of the vital role light played in the world! Without light, life could not be sustained!
b) The vital roles that Light played:-
i) Light was a symbol of truth
ii) Light was also a symbol of protection
iii) Light was a symbol of enlightenment
iv) Light was a symbol of victory over darkness
2. With reference to man
Israel must know that that the symbol of keeping the Lamp well-lit also has significance to the nation.
a) Israel must ever love to walk in the light of God’s laws.
b) The nation must ever seek to reflect the glory of the light given by the Lord.
c) Light was a worthy symbol with reference to man in the following ways:-
i) Light was associated with the upright
ii) Light must be maintained in a world that was threatened by darkness
iii) Light was a symbol of righteous living (graciousness, compassion etc)
d) The supply of fresh olive oil would represent understanding and appreciation of the teaching concerning “the Light”.
3. With reference to the Aaronic priests
They were blessed indeed to be entrusted with Tabernacle duties! As may be expected, with privilege came responsibility:-