The Golden Lampstand: Christ, Our Sight

Exodus 25:31

Adrian Rogers


Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Exodus 25:31

The Old Testament tabernacle was filled with seven pieces of furniture that speak of Christ and our salvation in Him. Exodus 25:31-40 describes the lampstand, which purposefully represents Christ our sight.

“You shall also make a lampstand of pure gold; the lampstand shall be of hammered work....” (Exodus 25:31).

First, the lampstand speaks of our Savior.

Christ represents this supernatural light, as He is the Light of the World. The lampstand was made of pure gold, the most precious material. It was also noted to be made of beaten gold; the Bible says Jesus was bruised for our iniquities. (See Isaiah 53:5.)

“Three bowls shall be made like almond blossoms on one branch…” (Exodus 25:33). In the Bible, almonds represent resurrection; this detail reminds us that Christ is not only our light and Lord, He is our life.

Second, this lampstand bears lessons concerning the saints.

The lampstand consists of one central shaft and six branches. (See Exodus 25:32) These branches would either give light or bear fruit. Jesus is the central shaft, and we are the branches (six is the number of man). We can’t reproduce this light; only if we abide in Him can we bear light or bear fruit. (See John 15:4-11.)

Adrian Rogers says, “You can reduce the Christian life to one word–abide.”

When the six branches are unified with one central source, we make up seven: the number of perfection. We give off the same light and life, united in the same source.

Finally, this lampstand has a lesson concerning the Spirit.

This lampstand burned on pure olive oil, which symbolizes the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, God the Spirit energizes both the Savior and the Church. Jesus did all that He did in the power and the anointing of the Holy Ghost. The light that Jesus gave forth was the light of the Spirit burning in Jesus’ life. How beautiful to know that same Spirit is available to us, now.

Apply it to your life

Are you abiding in Christ Jesus and receiving the anointing of the Holy Spirit?

Adrian Rogers says, “The very same force that energized Jesus and give Him life can energize me and give me life. The very same force that caused Jesus to be fruitful can cause me to be fruitful, as long as I abide in the vine and receive the oil.”

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