May 10, Friday

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“Jesus Our Light”

Exodus 25:31-40

 “You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand shall be made of hammered work: its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it. 32 And there shall be six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side of it; 33 three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on one branch, and three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on the other branch—so for the six branches going out of the lampstand. 34 And on the lampstand itself there shall be four cups made like almond blossoms, with their calyxes and flowers, 35 and a calyx of one piece with it under each pair of the six branches going out from the lampstand. 36 Their calyxes and their branches shall be of one piece with it, the whole of it a single piece of hammered work of pure gold. 37 You shall make seven lamps for it. And the lamps shall be set up so as to give light on the space in front of it. 38 Its tongs and their trays shall be of pure gold. 39 It shall be made, with all these utensils, out of a talent of pure gold. 40 And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.

When we read of the furnishings in the tabernacle of God, we may look at it as monotonous details that really do not pertain to us today.  What does an ark, bread, and a lampstand have anything to do with our daily walk with Christ today? On the surface it may not mean much, but if we look back and see the bigger picture, we see what kind of God we worship.  

The lampstand was among the most ornate pieces created for use in the tabernacle.  Those familiar with modern Judaism would know that the lampstand looked basically like a seven-branched menorah, resembling a tree with the cups at the end of each branch designed to mimic the appearance of almond blossoms with sculpted calyxes (outermost parts of a flower) and flowers (25:31–36). Many scholars believe that God commanded the floral design in order to remind the Israelites of the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden. This is certainly an appropriate conclusion as true life is found only in the Lord’s presence (Ps. 16:11), and this presence was made manifest in the tabernacle (Ex. 40:34–35). Almonds were also a symbol of hope and fruitfulness in the ancient Mediterranean world.  So when the priests saw the lampstand these ideas were brought to their minds.

But what symbolic significance did the lampstand have for the people of God?  

  1. Jesus is true life, which He offers to all.  Whenever light is used in Scripture, it points to the idea of hope, life and joy.  In Christ, we no longer live in darkness but we now see with spiritual eyes, and now we can love and serve Him.  
  2. We are called to shine for Christ in the world.  The world should see the life Christ brings to believers, and they should want to experience this life for themselves.  

This should be our desire, that our light would never flicker or grow dim, but to keep shining brightly for Jesus.  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You that You are the light of the world and You brought life into this world so we could live.  May we as Your people continue to shine brightly into this dark and decaying world. Amen!

Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 10


Lunch Break Study

Read 2 Peter 3:8-10: But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Questions to Consider

  1. What do we learn about the timing of God?  What does this mean for you?
  2. What is our hope according to Peter?
  3. What do you feel you are called to do in light of these verses?

Notes

  1. God’s timing is not our timing and He is sovereign over time—we need to be reminded of that truth daily.  
  2. Our hope is that the Lord fulfills His promises.  He is faithful to His Word, and we are commanded to trust Him.
  3. The Lord is patient because He does not want anyone to perish.  It means we are called to be witnesses for Him and to share the Good News to all who hear.  

Evening Reflection

Take some time and think about people in your life who do not know Christ.  Spend some time praying for their salvation, and that the Lord would also give you boldness to share the Good News to them.

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