Leviticus 24: Another Thought about Being a Light
Leviticus chapter 24 brings me back to one of my favorite ideas in the Bible that I’m sure I have written about before, but I hope that you will not mind.
Lev 24:2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.
The Israelites were commanded to keep the light in the tabernacle shining continually. Where else have we heard a lot of imagery about lights that need to shine all the time?
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.
The imagery and the purpose are essentially identical. Lights are used to draw attention to things, so by having a light within ourselves or in the Old Testament within the tabernacle, we should be drawing people toward God.
So, what is this telling you and me to do?
Essentially, we need to not hide our faith. Like the verse 15, you do not light a candle to hide it. A candle is lit so that everyone in the room can benefit from the light. Similarly, if we are living out our Christian faith, everyone around us is going to benefit as well when they realize that it is really God that we are trying to point them towards.
Another interesting thing about our candle is that it is made to stand out. When you put a light in a dark room, the candle immediately becomes the center of attention. By living our Christian life, we are going to draw some attention because it is oftentimes quite different than the way the world is living. When we see that attention, we need to direct it towards God because that is who really deserves all the attention.
I know that you have heard a lot of this from me before, but I think that it is always a valuable lesson and is one of my personal favorites.