Exodus 27: Let the Light Shine

We’re going to come back to Exodus chapter 27, but let me take you somewhere else first.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Mat 5:15  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.

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Of course, this is a very familiar passage that is often is to encourage evangelism.  As we all know, people are drawn to light because they want everything to be made brighter.

Now, going back to Exodus, the tabernacle was supposed to have a similar future.

Exo 27:20  And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

While this is all that is said in this passage, it seems as if the tabernacle was supposed to be a light just like we are supposed to be.

What is a similarity between these two things?  God lives in both of them.

In the Old Testament, God would talk to the priests in the Holy of Holies who could then speak to the people.  When Jesus died and the temple curtain was torn, God now lives within people through the Holy Spirit.

If we have that light within us, it should naturally spread around us.  A candle doesn’t have to make a decision to shine.  Assuming that it is actually lit, the light goes everywhere and expels the darkness and just because that is what light does.

Similarly, our light should always be shining as well.  The way we conduct our lives should show people something about Jesus even if we are not actively sharing Bible verses.  That is definitely important and necessary as well, and but our entire lives should be testimonies.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on October 7, 2012, in Exodus and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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