June 16, 2022 Give Thanks

Leviticus 24:4 Maintenance Is Required

The lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord must be tended continually. Leviticus 24:4

Lighting in a building that is in constant use must be maintained on a regular basis. Light bulbs burn out and need to be replaced. Electrical wiring can wear out and need to be repaired. Provision of power to the lights must always be available.

Maintenance workers are continually monitoring the lights to ensure that they are always working when needed. If the basic maintenance is ignored, the lighting will go out and everyone will be in the dark, unable to see.

God told the Israelites that the lamps that were before Him must be tended to continually, never allowing them to burn out.

Jesus told His followers that they are to be a light on a hill, a light in this world to shine the gospel message in this darkened world. Every believer is a light for all the world to see the truth of God’s amazing love and the salvation He provides.

In order to keep the light burning in the life of a believer, he must maintain the lamp. Maintenance for a believer is continually remaining in God’s word and applying it to his life. It is also praying without stopping making petitions known and listening to what God has to say. It is staying in tune with the Holy Spirit leading and guiding him.

Too many believers let the maintenance be set aside, getting caught up in the things and busyness of this world. Their focus is on the here and now, rather than the future. As this occurs, their light grows dim and often will burn out falling into sinful habits and the ways of this world.

Every believer must focus on keeping their light lit and burning brightly for God. Maintenance is not an option but required.

As a believer, you are to have a light shining bright in your life that reveals who God and Jesus is to the world. Your actions, reactions and words are what that light is. Everything you say and do or not do should be a revealing of who God is and His love for all people.

The only way you will be able to continually keep your light burning is to tend to it continually. Daily study God’s word and apply it to your life and seek God in prayer for wisdom and direction.

Don’t let your light burn out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will study God’s word daily and hide it in your heart; that you will seek God in prayer for wisdom and direction; and that your light for God will never burn out or grow dim.

Exodus 37:19 A Flowering Light

Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms were on one branch, three on the next branch and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. Exodus 37:19

Lampstands have been made for thousands of years to hold lights ranging from candles and oil to electricity. Their purpose is shine forth the light into an area to illuminate it removing all darkness.

Every type of design imaginable has been used to make the lampstands. Most are done with just appearance in mind, while a few have actual purpose and meaning behind the design.

The lampstands to be used in the tabernacle had almond flowers with buds and blossoms on each branch of it. This occurred on all six branches of the stand.

Flower buds are the seeds of a flower. It is a sign that there can be life available if planted and watered correctly. When the bud is planted in the right type of soil there will come a day when it sprouts out and a flower blossom appears bringing joy to the one who planted it.

Light is something that expels all darkness and illuminates what is real.

Several thousand years after Moses had the lampstand made, Jesus told believers that they would be a light in this world. Believers are now a lampstand that shines forth the light of Jesus.

This light starts out as a bud, a little seed planted in the hearts and minds of people about the life Jesus offers them. Others water the seed and nourish it. Over time it begins to grow in the hearts and minds of the people, and many choose to believe in Jesus. They have a new life that blossoms as a beautiful flower into eternity.

Believers need to be a lampstand carrying the light and the bud and being a blossom in this dark world.

At some point someone planted a seed about Jesus into your life. Trusting it has grown and matured into a blossom today to shine the light of Jesus to this world, you now carry a new bud to plant into the life of someone else.

Do not smother out the light or hide the bud, but be willing to plant it and allow it to reproduce. You are a lampstand for Jesus to shine forth His light and make disciples of all men and women around the world.

Is your lamp shining and the bud blossoming?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will shine the light of Jesus in this world; that you will plant new seeds of Jesus in the hearts and minds of others; and that you will be a bright blossom of God’s love to this world.

Exodus 27:21 Keep The Lamp Burning

In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the Lord from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come. Exodus 27:21

In major cities there are lights on around the clock, year-round. All the lights are a sign that there is something still happening and available to do. Throughout the day and night there is always someone ready to do nearly anything and everything. The city never sleeps but keeps going.

In the tent of meeting part of the tabernacle, there were to be some lamps that were lit by olive oil. These lamps were to be kept burning throughout the night.

During times when someone is doing something that he loves it is easy to keep going without stopping. However, very often people have to do things that are not as much fun and the desire to stop raises quickly. People want to quit working and just relax and have fun.

Throughout the bible olive oil is often used to represent the Holy Spirit. Believers are to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit to give the strength, direction, and comfort. The Holy Spirit enables a believer to keep going.

Believers are to carry on the work of Jesus and keep going day and night. They are now the light of the world sharing the gospel message. This light is to be lit and kept lit day and night for the world to see.

Some will choose to deny the Holy Spirit’s leading and let that light go out. During those times the believer will often be stepping into sin, outside of God’s will. As this happens the believer no longer is a shining light, but darkness. The lamp needs to be relit.

If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, allow the Holy Spirit to shine through you. Keep the fire of God’s love and mission alive inside of you day and night.

No matter where you go or when you go, there is always someone who needs to hear about Jesus and the salvation He offers. There are also temptations waiting to trip you up and put out that light.

Do not let your lamp burn out, but keep filled with God’s Holy Spirit and keep the light burning bright in this dark world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will be a light of God for the world to see; and that you will not quench the Holy Spirit’s fire inside of you.