This part stuck out to me:
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Give Aaron the following instructions: When you set up the seven lamps in the lampstand, place them so their light shines forward in front of the lampstand.’ So Aaron did this. He set up the seven lamps so they reflected their light forward, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.” 8:1-3
Light is used as a metaphor for God’s presence all over the Bible. The lamps mentioned in the verse above are assumed to be the only source of light in the tabernacle. I love the similarity between these lamps lighting up a dark place the way God lights up our darkness.
“This is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” Revelation 1:20
This verse in Revelation came to mind as well. As the church, we are vessels to shine Christ’s light as well.
“We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:18-19
How do you think your peers, coworkers or neighbors would describe you?
We can only extend to other people what we’ve received ourselves. What dark, lonely spots in your life do you need to surrender to God and allow him to light up?