In the Holy Place were the Lampstand, the Table of Shewbread and the Altar of Incense. All the "parts" of the Tabernacle, though physical articles back then, are powerful word pictures of the spiritual lives we should be living today.
- Put forth a clean, bright light because only pure olive oil was used (we are to be lights in the world.)
- The pure olive oil was made from olives that had been scrubbed of all debris and then beaten. The beating and squeezing produced the finest quality oil that burned practically smokeless.
- In like manner, our cleansing is in salvation in Jesus; our beating is the trials we experience; our purest oil is a life like Christ.
- The lamps had to burn day and night. (We are to be lights 24/7/365.)
- The Lampstand was decorated with fruit and flower ornaments. (Our lives are to be decorated with the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.)
- A reminder that God alone can satisfy the deep hunger of man.
- God has placed a "spiritual hunger" in us all; He has put a "light" into every man who has come into the world ... I call that our "soul hole", and only He can fill it.
- We erroneously try to fill that hole with the "bread of the world", the sensualities, immoralities and worldly pleasures, which only make us feel good and not be good.
- 12 loaves were on the table - representing the 12 tribes of Israel (showing that God will provide for all of His children).
- The bread was offered every day (now every day is the Lord's Day) and eaten by the priests on the 7th day.
- The bread had to be fresh each day, and what we get from God is new and fresh each day, also.
- The bread was taken with wine - a precursory picture of the Body and Blood of Jesus. (We must "eat" and "drink" of Him each day, meaning to have Him in us, a part of us. Just as the food and drink we take are digested into our own cells and become a part of us, we are to do the same with the Lord.
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