Monday, December 3, 2012

Feast of Dedication- It's For Christians Too!

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Leading Idea:
The Feast of Dedication is for Christians, too.

Bible Principle:
*The Menorah in the Tabernacle Teaches us about Jesus Christ.
Exodus 25:31-39; 37:17-24; John 8:12
*The Menorah for this feast reminds us about victory in Christ!

In my last post, I mentioned that I would share how these days in history are meant for you and me- Christ Followers. Learning about the Feast of Dedication is causing us to learn more about the Holy Temple and the contents that were in it. Why does this matter?....

It matters because we can see Christ in the Tabernacle! We're reading about how each piece described in the Bible typifies Jesus Christ! This is an amazing study! We are learning from the book, Seeing Christ in the Tabernacle by Ervin N. Hershberger. (Buy it here from our amazon affiliate link.)

Today, I'll share some of what we are learning in regards to the Menorah. 

How Was It Made?

Do you know that the Menorah in the Holy Temple was made of one piece which was carved out of a 90 pound block of gold! The workmen had to hammer it out of one piece from 90 pounds of gold (Ex. 25:36; 37:22)? This is an incredible thought as they did not have machinery to do this for them! So, how did they accomplish this task? God endowed the workmen with His Spirit! (Exodus 35:31-35). 

The Design:

The Bible tells us in Exodus 25:32-35 that the lamp had one shaft and six branches, with its twenty-two sets of buds, blossoms, and bowls. Each branch had three sets of knops, flowers, and bowls like unto almonds.

The Symbolism:

Three stages of maturity (buds, blossoms, and mature almonds), all present at the same time, suggest everbearing and perpetual fruitfulness, possible only in Christ.
Seeing Christ in the Tabernacle, pp. 29-30
Think about this for a moment. Isn't it true of all of us? We are all in different growth stages in our walk with Jesus Christ. 

 The seven-branched Lampstand was supported by one Central Stem, suggestive of Christ Himself, "who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks" (Rev. 1:12-2:1). Of lamps there were seven (the  number of perfection), but of branches there were but six (the number of man- short of perfection)!
Seeing Christ in the Tabernacle, pp. 30

When reading on further, we learn that the branches may represent the Church which is totally dependent upon Christ! Isn't this exciting?!!

This is just but a small portion of what we are learning from Seeing Christ in the Tabernacle. I hope you purchase the book for your family, too!

The Menorah for Hanukkah


Today, the Menorah used for Hanukkah serves as a reminder to the Jews about the victory they had over the Syrians and how they were able to rededicate the Holy Temple.

For Christians, it serves as a reminder that we have victory in Christ, the perfect and true light of the world, as we rededicate ourselves (our temples) to Him!

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