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Good Morning.

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lamp stand.’ ” (Numbers 8:1-2)

As this chapter begins it speaks of kindling the lamps of the menorah (it is mentioned previously in Exodus 25 & 27). Because this comes on the heels of the offerings made by the princes, it has been suggested by commentators that Aaron realized that, in addition to monetary gifts, lighting a light is an expression of thanks and one with long-reaching effects.

And so while it is synonymous with gifts of the princes, it is to suggest something far more valuable than gold or silver — it speaks to the eternal call placed upon God’s people to be a light to the nations. That is why, for instance, kindling lights at Hanukkah is deemed so important — because it commemorates the rededication of Temple which, in turn, represents God’s Presence among His people.

To amplify this concept, we understand that the light of the menorah — manifested by seven individual lamps — represents the Spirit of God. In fact, the book of Revelation speaks of the “seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God” (Revelation 4:5). It is by the Spirit of God that we, His people, affect the world in which we live because, as it is written, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). In other words, our might, our power and our wealth will never be enough to accomplish what we are here to do and to be — it can be done only by His Spirit.

That thought brings us back to our original point — the significance of kindling a light, or better yet, being a light in the darkness. Spiritual conquest cannot be achieved through physical power, at least not exclusively. Being a light is what faithfully represents our King. Therefore, reflect on what Messiah said about His people, and just as importantly, why He said it: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14). So then, do not conceal that light but place it where it may be seen by all, especially by those who are in darkness. Though the darkness will certainly resist the light, by His Spirit, the light will overcome and darkness will be forced to retreat.

Blessings and Shalom,  




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