Today's Manna

February 28, 2017
Give Me Oil In My Lamp
by Beau Moore
Scripture Reading: Exodus 27

In Exodus 25 there is a description of the lampstand with its seven lamps which was placed just outside the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle. The main function of the lampstand was to provide light for the priests as they ministered in the Holy Place, as well as light the way into the Holy of Holies once a year. In today’s reading, Exodus 27:20 states that the children of Israel were commanded to provide pure oil of pressed olives so that the priests could keep the lamps on the lampstand burning continually.

There are many ways to harvest olive oil from olives, but the purest oil, according to the Talmud, is obtained by beating the olives lightly as opposed to crushing them in a press. This method is said to produce a clear, pure oil that burns with little or no smoke.

Olive oil was of great importance in Israel, being used for food, medicine, illumination and anointing. In the Bible, olive oil is sometimes a picture or type of the Holy Spirit. The Tabernacle and its furnishings were anointed with oil. As the Tabernacle was a type of Christ, so the oil pictured Him being anointed by the Spirit.

As noted already, the interior of the tabernacle was illuminated by the use of olive oil. Each of the Tabernacle’s illuminated furnishings was a type of Christ. Therefore, without the illumination of God’s Spirit, no one would ever see the glories of our Savior (cf. 1Cor 2:14, 2Cor 3:18, 4:3-6). In addition, the light in the Holy Place showed the way into the Holy of Holies, signifying that the only way to have fellowship with Jesus Christ and be the light of the world directing others into God’s presence through Christ is through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

This pure oil also signifies the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which all believers receive from Christ. These spiritual gifts enable believers to serve “in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1Tim 3:15; 1Cor 12). Therefore, it is necessary for believers to maintain a constant supply of oil by constantly walking in and being filled with the Spirit (Gal 5:16; Eph 5:18). Thank God this oil is no longer confined to a Jewish tabernacle, but is oil for our lamps so we can be lights of the world for Jesus Christ.

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