THE GOLDEN CANDLESTICK.
Just inside the door of the tabernacle and at
the left of the entrance stood the golden candlestick.
Can you not imagine the beauty and grandeur of
this room, all lined with pure gold; having golden furniture, and pure
linen curtains of blue, purple and scarlet? The curtains overhead and
between the two rooms had figures of cherubim worked on them. As he
performed his duties the priest would surely feel as though he were in a
heavenly place and in the presence of Jehovah.
candlestick was wrought of solid gold worth about thirty thousand dollars.
A talent of gold was beaten into this piece of exquisite workmanship. It
consisted of one stem or branch in the center with three lateral branches
springing from either side probably a little lower-and it was adorned with
three kinds of ornaments: knops, flowers and bowls like unto almonds. The
knops seem to have been fruit, probably pomegranates. Thus each of the
branches running upon either side world be adorned with a flower of gold,
then a pomegranate n little farther up the branch; and then on the top the
almond bowl containing the oil with which the light was maintained
When we described the layer you remember we said
that it was one of two pieces of furniture for which the dimensions were
not given. The golden candlestick is the other. The Bible does not give
the size, but describes the shape fairly well.
Light, as well as water, is very essential to
life. In the first chapter of Genesis we read that God created light on
the first day. It is the chief glory of the natural world. Light is also
necessary to spiritual life, and is used through the Bible as the symbol
of God's presence.
the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12).
God is light and in him is no darkness at all. (I John 1:5 b)
The candlestick also represents the church, for
in Matthew we read:
are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. -
Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick: and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your father which is in heaven. (Matt. 5:14-16.)
ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the
midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in
the world. (Phil. 2:15.)
ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who bath called you
out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Pet. 12:9 )
we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie, and
do not the truth; but if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we
have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin. (I John 1:6, 7.)
It has been said that all light and heat on the
earth come either directly or indirectly from the sun. This is probably
true, but we do know that we receive our light from Christ. All of our
light, morally and spiritually, comes from Jesus Christ.
was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.