Simpang Borobudur no 27 Malang
the arrangement of the Tabernaclel

Exodus 25: 31-40
Exodus 37: 17-24
Imamat 24: 1-4

PS. :

  1. the shaft
  2. six branches
  3. bowls
  4. knobs
  5. flowers
  6. seven lamps

The Golden Candlestick is an image of the Church (Revelation 1:20)

The seven lamps are the seven spirits of God in HIS sevenfold capacity (Revelation 4:5)

The Holy Place (the sanctuary) would be shrouded in darkness without the light of the Candlestick. Similarly, the Church era will be in total darkness without the Holy Spirit.

The Candlestick was entirely made of pure gold. Gold refers to the heavenly riches of God the Holy Trinity. In this case, it pertains to the Holy Spirit.

Beaten Gold: gold heated so that it could be beaten and shaped. The church, likewise, must undergo such a process of suffering to be a light in the midst of this dark world.

The Church (God’s children) is called to be like Christ, the Light of the world. (John 8:12 ; Matthew 5:14-16)

The Bride of Christ is called to shine for her light like a city set on a hill. Compare with Revelation 21:9-11. Also note the following verses : 1 Peter 2:20-23 ; 1 Peter 4:12-14 ; Philippians 3:10-11. To be a light, we must be willing to suffer and, it necessary, sacrifice our personal physical needs and our ego so that the Lord will glorify us.

One talent of gold used to make the Candlestick refers to One Spirit that fills and leads the Church.

Ephesians 4:4 + 1 Corinthians 12:11-14 = One Body, One Spirit

The Shaft and Its Six Branches

6 is the number of man

7 is the divine number

The Shaft and its Six Branches depict the fellowship between Jesus, the True Vine (the shaft), and the Church (as the branches). It is the unity that enables the Church to bear fruit/to be fruitful (John 15:5)

The bowls, the knobs, and flowers refer to fruitfulness. There were 9 bowls like almond blossoms, each with an ornamental knob and a flower, on the other side. There are 9 fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and 9 gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

Ranch branch had 3 bowls made like almond blossoms; each with an ornamental knob and a flower but the shaft had 4 bowls made like almond blossoms.

This refers to the Lord Jesus Christ who is exceedingly filled with the Holy Spirit beyond any human measure (Isaiah 11:2; 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-19; Revelation 3:1; 5-6)

Altogether the Golden Candlestick had 66 bowls make like almond blossoms, each with an ornamental knob and a flower. The tongs and the snuff dishes were utensils used to trim the lamps to make them burn brighter and also to extinguish them.

They refer to the process of sanctification.

Sermon transcript from church service in Malang and Surabaya, preached by Pastor Widjaja Hendra.

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