The journey of photonic references in the Bible begins with the light in the great universal expanse, passes to the two great lights, to the ornate tabernacle furnishings, to the Hebrew understanding of God, and to individuals, especially those of Davidide descent. Thence it passes to the church and every believer, as member, to the human eye, and the believer’s person. In this way, Christ, Root and Offspring of David, makes photonics a personal interest.
Visual Reality Lamps
Yhwh orders for the tabernacle, in Exodus 25:31, the manufacture of the stand
You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand shall be made of hammered work: its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it.
The lampstand was for lighting up the space beyond which only blood gave access.
Exodus 25:37 informs us that there were seven lamps
You shall make seven lamps for it. And the lamps shall be set up so as to give light on the space in front of it.
Oil for fuel
Staying connected to the sacred lightworks, we acknowledge that light was a function of heat. The fuel in the sacred tent was oil. A statute established the criteria for it.
Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil from beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning regularly. Outside the veil of the testimony, in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall arrange it from evening to morning before the Lord regularly. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.
The priestly responsibility
He shall arrange the lamps on the lampstand of pure gold before the Lord regularly.
Samuel calls it God’s lamp ner elohim, נר אלהים
1 Samuel 3:3
The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.
Lamplight for a Bethlehemite
Coming now to David’s dynasty it is not possible to get past the God of Israel who is celebrated as a lamp in a song written by David on the occasion of his rescue from Saul’s murderous plot.
2 Samuel 22:29
For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness.
Thereafter light becomes the metaphor for God and the lamp represents the individual and his person.
Psa. 27, YHWH is my light
Psa. 89:15, YHWH’s face
Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
The Christian is a luminary.
for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8
David’s dynasty, successors to the throne
- 2 Kings 8:19. Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, since he promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.
- 1 Kings 11:36. Yet to his son I will give one tribe, that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put my name.
The horn of David
There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine. Psalms 132:17-18
– the world’s light. I am the light of the world
– the seven churches in his hand,
Eye-Lamp in the believer
Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,
Trimming the lamp becomes the now thing as we await the forever presence
Finally as we return to think about lamp and light in their original settings, the designation of the Son of God as Anointed transforms the oil for the lampstand into trimming our operations of the Holy Spirit in us; teaching and guiding. Lamp and stand, as personal photonic interest, come down to learning processes tied to the Messianic mission.
Yeshua’s Church, lifesaving word, and face
If this exploration did not end with Christ it would have been a fruitless venture. The reward is beautiful because it brings us face to face with the Lord of light.
For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. Revelation of John 1:16