Commentary: Chapter 25 of Exodus exemplifies the four points of the cross: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Man. Verses 1 through 9 speak of the sacrificial love offerings (profound emphasis) that the children of Israel are to bring to Father God, “of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.” (Exo 25:2). True love, God’s love, “he first loved us” (1 John 4:19), is sacrificial. The entire remainder of Exodus 25:10-40 is exclusively devoted to physically accepting those symbolic love offerings and constructing (merging) them into types and shadows, according to the pattern, of God the Father (love), God the Son (love), and God the Holy Ghost (love) in what may be but poorly described in earthly language as a descending order not of holiness, but a descending order of transcendent loving authority. God the Father = the ark (wholly, in its triune composition) in verses 10-22; God the Son = the table of showbread in verses 23-30, and God the Holy Spirit = the golden candlestick in verses 31-40. Love begets love.
CANDLESTICK REPRESENTS THE HOLY SPIRIT
(Exo 25:31) And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold [the metallic symbol of God; “God is love” 1 John 4:8,16; gold = love]: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
1. candlestick =Heb: menorah, men-o-raw'; fem.; a chandelier /// a yoke (prop. for plowing), i.e. the frame of a loom:--beam /// through the idea of the gleam of a fresh furrow; to till the soil:--break up /// to glisten; a lamp (i.e. the burner) or light:--candle, lamp, light.
2. beaten work = Heb: rounded work, i.e. moulded by hammering:--beaten (out of one piece, work), upright, whole piece.
3. (Exo 25:17,18) And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
THE ALMOND TREE
(Exo 25:32,33) And [in total] six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.
1. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary: almond = A large tree resembling the peach tree in both size and fruit. The almond was chiefly valued for the nuts [seeds] it produced, which were used for making oil used in the home and as medicine. The Hebrew word for almond means “awakening,” an allusion to the almond blossom, which is first to bloom in the spring.
2. almond = Heb: the almond (tree or nut; as being the earliest in bloom) /// to be alert, i.e. sleepless; hence to be on the lookout (whether for good or ill):--hasten, remain, wake, watch (for).
a. (1 Pet 5:8) Be sober [Gk: to abstain from wine], be vigilant [Gk: keep awake: be watchful]; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
b. Commentary: May we note that of the 10,000 saved soldiers in Gideon’s army, only 300 were proven by God to be “vigilant” enough in the presence of the enemy to be used as front-line combat soldiers, and the remaining 9,700 saved soldiers were sent back to their tents to be used as back-up support troops.
(Num 17:7,8) And Moses
laid up the [twelve] rods before the LORD in the
tabernacle of witness. And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went
into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the
house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed
blossoms, and yielded almonds.
Commentary: This miraculous rod (the Holy
Spirit) that budded almonds indicating (promising) fruitful resurrection life
from the dead was later placed inside the ark of the covenant along with the
golden pot of manna (Jesus Christ) and the two tables of stone, i.e., the ten
commandments (God the Father). (Heb 9:4)
(Exo 25:34-36) And in the candlestick [central shaft] shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.
1. Commentary: The visual diagram of the golden candlestick located at the bottom of these notes is almost necessary and quite illuminating. There are three parts to each almond - a bowl and a knop and a flower, i.e., three objects. And there are three almonds or nine objects in total on each of the six branches. The central supporting shaft has four almonds or twelve objects in total. Therefore the three branches on the one side have 27 objects in total, each of the three branches having 9 objects. Likewise, the other side has 27 objects in total. And the supporting shaft has 12 objects in total.
2. Commentary: Applications = the left (or right) side of the candlestick has 3 branches of 9 objects each equaling 27 objects. These 27 objects, when attached to the 12 objects of the shaft = 39 objects. There are 39 books in the Old Testament. The remaining 27 objects on the other side of the candlestick represent the 27 books of the New Testament. The golden candlestick has in total 66 objects. The Bible has 66 books. Is this a grand coincidence? What do you think?
3. Commentary: Applications = Nine is the biblically accepted numerical symbol of the Holy Spirit. Each branch of the golden candlestick has 9 objects. There are 9 gifts of the spirit (1 Cor 12:7-11); and there are 9 fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23).
(Exo 25:37-40) And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof [the seven Spirits of God]: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light [Heb: illumination or (concr.) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.)] over against it [over against the table of showbread, illuminating the bread of the Word of God]. And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was showed thee in the mount.
1. (Rev 4:5) And out of the throne [the composite triune ark in the Most Holy Place] proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne [the Golden Candlestick in the previous Holy Place], which are the seven Spirits of God.
2. (John 16:13,14) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine [the table of showbread], and shall show it unto you.
a. (1 John 2:27) But the anointing [of the Holy Spirit] which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
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