Monthly Archives: October 2013

Almond Buds of Spring

I would like to share with you a note of great encouragement on how we as followers of Jesus have been scripted into the great plan and purpose of God from Exodus to Revelation…
In Exodus 25:33 the seven branched golden lampstand was made to a precise blueprint that God gave Moses (Hebrews 8:5). Every detail of the Tabernacle is very important and prophetically points to Jesus. The lampstand or Menorah was the only light in the darkness of the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. This symbol was pointing to Christ as the only light of the world – “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). While the Menorah is the symbol of Israel it is also the symbol of the church for in Revelation 1:20 Jesus tells us that the seven golden lampstands are the seven churches.

In Matt 5:14 Jesus commissioned his followers to continue in his role as the Menorah bringing the light of the kingdom of God to the world. He moved on from “I am the light of the world” to: “You are the light of the world”. This was originally symbolised in Exodus 25:33 by the almond flowers with buds and blossoms. Why the Almond flowers? Because they were the first to bud and blossom in spring signifying new life being born again from the vine of Jesus: “I am the vine; you are the branches” (John 15:5).

In the tabernacle the priests were tasked to keep the cups of the branches of the Menorah filled with pure olive oil so that the flames would burn continuously. We can now see the beautiful symbology of the buds of spring representing Jesus followers being born again by the Holy Spirit to new life that is ignited as light in the darkness.

In the design of the Menorah Jesus is the stem and we are the branches (John 15). Israel is the original light of the world and the gentile followers are grafted into this vine (Romans 11:24)… and herein lies the hope of the world…

To do the works of God we have to be born again by the Holy Spirit, grafted into the vine and then keep on being continually filled with the Holy Spirit. But this is not enough. To be the light of Christ in the darkness of our commissioned part of the world we also have to be alight – on fire. This is what Jesus meant in Matt 5:14-16 – we are a light on a hill, not a light hidden under a bowl. Our light has to shine before men so that they may see our good deeds and give praise to our father in heaven. Decide today to shine brightly for Christ in your everyday world.