Exodus 27:20-21… The Light
“And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the Lord: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.”
Where do we get this marvelous oil? You and I as followers of Yeshua the Messiah are the ones responsible for the oil. Looking to Romans 11:17 “And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree.”
The broken branches are the natural born Israelites that refused to listen to Yeshua. They were focused on the Talmudic traditions [traditions of men] and regarded it as a higher authority than that of the Torah. Isaiah 8:20 tells us, “To the law [Torah] and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
The grafted in branches are those of us that accept Yeshua and his instructions, or Torah, and begin to grow in Him. We are those branches of the Olive tree, therefore, we are the extension of the root.
Isaiah 11:1 “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots”
Isaiah 11:10 “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.”
The branches are to bear fruit as we are told in John 15:8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
John 15:4 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”
So, as we are the fruit of someone else’s branch, we become the branch when the fruit ripens and is picked, the branch grows where fruit once lived, and makes more offshoots.
Pure oil means transparency and richness, this comes as the fruit is bruised and crushed. Like a garlic press there is a pressing of the olive to produce the oil. What burns, or produces light in the oil lamp, is the vapors off the oil and not the oil itself.
Similarly to the fruit in John 15:4, here the light requires the addition of the Spirit, the breath of YHWH to make the light shine in the darkness. It is the heat from the flame that draws the oil up the wick and it is in the heat of being “pressed” that we draw closer to YHWH.
Hebrews 1:7 “And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”
We are to be in the continual process of bearing fruit, pressing it into service, and filling the lamp with oil for the light to make it useful. Matthew 5:15-16 “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Psalm 119:105 “Thy word [which became flesh] is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth [walk the same walk, Torah] me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Is your oil ready?
Singer and composer Randy Stonehill writes,
“You who are the light within my soul
Shining out for everyone to see
You found me in the darkness
I was lost and cold
Your rescued me, Ah yeah, you set me free.
You who are the Light for evermore
the One eternal flame that shines alone
You’re coming like the dawn across the universe
To take us home, And I know You’ll take us home.”
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