In the Tent of Meeting, outside the veil that is in front of the Testimony, Aaron and his sons are to tend the lamps before the LORD from evening until morning. This is to be a permanent statute for the Israelites for the generations to come.
Leviticus 24:2). These passages seem to teach that the lamps burned both day and night. If they do not teach that, the meaning must be that "continual" and "always " signify at regular intervals, as in the case of some ordinances and offerings which are called perpetual, though occurring only at intervals. The other view, that they burned only during the night, seems to be supported by, "Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning" (ver. 21); "And Aaron shall burn thereon (the golden altar) sweet incense every morning, when he dresseth the lamps" (Exodus 30:7, 8). From these texts it would appear that the lamps burned only during the night. If they were not intended to teach that, the meaning must be that the lamps were dressed in the morning, probably one after another, not necessitating more than one being extinguished at a time, and after being dressed and lighted, burned during the day, the lamps receiving such further attention in the evening as admitted of their burning till the morning. As there were no windows in the Tabernacle, and the priests had duties to perform during the day in the holy place, it is almost certain that the lamps burned always.
1. The end of the ordinance. God desires that the light obtained from the lamps in his sanctuary be -
The best light possible. Such should be the light of the Christian life.
2. The means to this end.
(1) The lamps were to be fed with the best and purest oil. The Holy Spirit.
(2) The lamps were to be duly trimmed and ordered. Watchfulness, care. The light needs to be attended to. - J.O.
Pure oil olive beaten for the light.I. THE PURITY OF THE LIGHT (Psalm 26:9).
II. THE PERFECTION OF THE LIGHT.
III. THE PERPETUITY OF THE LIGHT. Christ can never be superseded.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
2. The qualification it was to possess — it was to be "pure." All the grace which comes from Christ is pure and unalloyed.
3. The instruments of its dispensation — "the children of Israel." The children of God are now the recipients and dispensers of Christ's grace.
4. The uses to which it was put — it caused "the lamp to burn always." Grace causes the life of each Christian to shine with a brighter glow.
PeopleAaron, Israelites, Moses
TopicsAaron, Burning, Curtain, Evening, Front, Generations, Israelites, Lamps, Lasting, Meeting, Morning, Order, Ordinance, Outside, Sons, Tent, Testimony, Till, Veil
Outline1. The altar of burnt offering, with the vessels thereof
9. The court of the tabernacle enclosed with hangings and pillars
18. The measure of the court, and the furniture of brass
20. The oil for the lamp
Dictionary of Bible ThemesExodus 27:21
LibraryHow a Private Man must Begin the Morning with Piety.
As soon as ever thou awakest in the morning, keep the door of thy heart fast shut, that no earthly thought may enter, before that God come in first; and let him, before all others, have the first place there. So all evil thoughts either will not dare to come in, or shall the easier be kept out; and the heart will more savour of piety and godliness all the day after; but if thy heart be not, at thy first waking, filled with some meditations of God and his word, and dressed, like the lamp in the tabernacle …
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety
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