I realize we haven’t been going out to eat much these days. Have you noticed that most restaurants are not well lit? Hmmm, you think it’s for the ambiance, or so you don’t see the crumbs and spills? Perhaps a little of both. Light has a way of exposing things we don’t want others to see.
In ancient times, the sun was extremely important. Not just because they didn’t have electricity or LED flashlights, it keeps the earth from freezing, it warms our waters, and it has a way of energizing plants and ourselves, givingus more oxygen and food. Ancients valued the sun so much that many cultures worshipped a sun god. If anyone deserves worship, it’s the Lord Jesus, who is the Creator and “Light of the World.”
When Moses constructed the tabernacle, he made candlesticks which were actual lamps with pure olive oil. These lamps provided the only light in the Holy Place as there were no windows or doors. This lamp was to burn forever; it had to be maintained throughout the night and day.
“Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.”(Leviticus 24:2)
They didn’t use a match to light the lamp. The fire came from the brazen altar, a place of repentance and atonement for sins. This fire also was never to go out.
“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”(Leviticus 6:3)
According to Leviticus 9:24, the fire came down from heaven to consume the sacrifice.
“…Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim… And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was…” (1Samuel 3:2-3)
The parable of the ten virgins is found in Matthew, chapter 25. They all had burning lamps, yet they failed to bring oil with them. “… for our lamps are gone out.” (Matthew 25:8) They were not allowed to go to the marriage. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb is one wedding I don’t want to miss. This light isn’t just to lighten us, but others along their way.
“A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”(Luke 2:32)
I don’t want to grope in darkness, and I know you don’t want to either. As the little children’s song says, “This little lite of mine, I’m gonna’let it shine.”