Light for the Tabernacle
20 “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually. 21 The lampstand will stand in the Tabernacle, in front of the inner curtain that shields the Ark of the Covenant. Aaron and his sons must keep the lamps burning in the Lord’s presence all night. This is a permanent law for the people of Israel, and it must be observed from generation to generation.
Every time we load our family up into the minivan to leave the house, without fail a startling thought runs through my mind right as I am about to close the front door. “How many lights did the kids leave on?” Somewhere after having my second child a proverbial switch went on in my head. I’ve become obsessed with saving energy in our home in order to save money. Instead of getting in the car with the rest of my family. I run back into the house and, in NASCAR pit crew style, begin flicking light switches off while muttering “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” A once bright vibrant house full of life house becomes dim, dark, and empty as I eventually climb in my van and drive away. Satisfied that I have saved $.0059 in energy bill.
This is NOT a good picture of the Tabernacle… Our Heavenly father always wants the lights on. Like everything else outlined in the building of the tabernacle the continually burning lamps have great meaning and importance. Our God is a living Father who wants to have intimacy and relationship with us 24/7. The pure oil and anointing of the Holy Spirit is given freely to us so that we may burn continually in the presence of our God. He is never not home, he doesn’t want a break from us, and he certainly will never turn us away. It's his desire that we would be continually illuminated to riches of his glory and his presence. That’s the point of this fast. As we become uncomfortable in our diets we learn to be comforted by his presence. Use this time to allow the Holy Spirit to anoint you and draw you to the Father’s presence in a deeper way. Allow yourself to use this time to burn before him. Allow physical discomfort to draw you into spiritual abundance.