FIRSTBORN SONSHIP OF CHRIST
THE NEW BIRTH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
THE GOLDEN LAMPSTAND
17 “He also made the lamp-stand of pure gold; of hammered work he made the lampstand. Its shaft,
its branches, its bowls, its ornamental knobs, and its flowers were of the same piece.
18 “And six branches came out of its sides: three branches of the lampstand out of one side, and
three branches of the lampstand out of the other side.
19 “There were three bowls made like almond blossoms in one branch, with an ornamental knob and a
flower, and three bowls made like almond blossoms on the other branch, with an ornamental knob and
a flower - and so for the six branches coming out of the lampstand,” Exo 37:17-19.
THE LAMPSTAND OF PURE GOLD
The purpose of the lampstand was to give light for the ministry of the priests within the
tabernacle. Perhaps the most striking thing about the lampstand is that it was made of pure gold,
which represents the divine nature of God. There was no acacia wood or human element associated
with the lampstand itself. However, the priests were charged with the all around maintenance and
service of the lampstand.
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE LAMPSTAND
14 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light
to all who are in the house.” Mt 5:13-15.
20 "The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden
lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which
you saw are the seven churches,” Rev 1:20.
The lampstand first represents Christ, then it portrays the covenant people as one with Christ
in the church as the body of Christ. The “oil” speaks of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in and
through the church as the body of Christ. The “light” signifies the influence or testimony of the
Word of God shining forth in the lives of the covenant people.
18 Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World,” Jn 8:12; 9:5. And then to His church He also said,
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.,” Mt 5:14.
18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already,
because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 "For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds
should be exposed.
21 "But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they
have been done in God," Jn 3:18-21.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, Jn 14:6. He is also the light of the world, as stated
above. Jesus is the light that lights the way and the truth which leads to divine life. The
candlestick or lampstand was made of pure gold, which emphasizes the divine nature of truth and
righteousness which also leads to divine life.
Indeed, this is absolutely grand beyond current human comprehension. However, it also requires
faith-obedience, at a minimum, well beyond what is normally considered sufficient. We must
remember that this is the Laodicean church age, which is strongly condemned by the Lord, Rev
3:16-17. We are sure that we are doing great, and cannot believe that such language even
remotely applies to us.
16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My
17 "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' -- and do not
know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked,” Rev 3:16-17.
The prophetic application of the Laodicean church certainly appears to be specifically to us in
America today. Comparatively, we fit the description all around. It appears that we have no
great need of any kind.