My Bible study this week has been looking at the lamp in the Tabernacle. It was made from 75 pounds of pure gold, hammered into a one whole stand that was beautifully decorated with almond buds, blossoms, and fruit (or what we would call the nuts).
This lamp would have olive oil and wicks in the seven places or “branches” of the lamp. It was to be continually lit, bringing light into the otherwise dark area of the Tent of the Tabernacle.
Beth Moore shared so many different verses from the Old and New Testament about the way we as believers are to be LIGHT in a dark world. One of the references she used was from Matthew 5:14 which says we are to be the Light of the world, we are not to be hidden. Such a view. How many of us have sung the song, This Little Light of Mine? We are not to hide our light under a bushel, and we are not to let the devil blow it out. There is truth to that simple song– truth that goes straight into the Old Testament all the way into the book of Revelation.
We are to shine for others to see Jesus in us, to be a beacon for the lost. I often look at the idea of the lighthouse leading the lost and tossed about safely home. We are not the light, but we are the house from which it should shine.
So often in movies and books I have come across the expression of “leaving a light on” for someone. A lamp shining in the darkness, leading someone home at night from a journey or maybe a lit candle showing in the window to guide someone to the safety of family.
Am I being a light? Or have I hidden my light under a bushel? A bushel basket is wonderful when it is used for the correct purposes–bringing in the harvest. A light is meant to shine and help others to see more clearly. In the Tabernacle the light from the Lamp would shine and reflect off the gold from which it was made.
May I too, shine and reflect the One Who made me.