The Lampstand For the Lord

Moses in his journey through the desert, like no other prophet, experienced physically the Shekinah glory of God. A shine that radiated fear on people, because that was the glory of God expressed on his face, after having spent forty days and nights in the presence of God on the mountain.  By reason of him being with God, the beams of God’s light were ingrained in His face. He walked in the presence of the Lord while he led the nation of Israel to the Promise Land, shining the glory of His Lord to the world that was represented in the crowd. I can say that Moses was a true lampstand for the Lord; sending forth beams of God’s love, faithfulness, and mercy. It was clear to see in his everyday life, when we read, “Moses did as the Lord commanded him to do.” But Moses was not exempt of temptation, and that one time when he misrepresented the Lord’s command, hitting the rock more than one time, he paid dearly with his life, for he was denied the entrance to the Promised Land, after forty years wandering through the desert.

YAHSHUA said, Let your light so shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify the Father Who is in heaven. As a Lampstand for CHRIST we do have the responsibility to reflect His light to our small world. Only when walking with Him can we receive the shine from His Light, as the moon, which does not have light of its own, but receives its light from the sun, so are we who have God’s Holy Spirit within us. We are His Lampstand, carrying the shine of YAHSHUA’S rays to all who knows and sees us. That shine is interpreted in the “good works” we do for the Lord. As the temporary tabernacle was the recipient of the Shekinah glory, so our body- the temple of the HOLY SPIRIT is the recipient of His glory when we take our position of a Lampstand to shine the glory of the Lord. The life of the believer must be orderly in behavior, word, and thinking, just as orderly was the Lord’s command given Moses to position every tabernacle vessel in its proper place. Since our life is ordered by the Lord, the desire of our heart should be to follow His instructions; to walk the way He ordained for us, to be where He wants us to be and so, to be His Lampstand everywhere we go. As His Temple and His Lampstand, we are His instrument to perform His will in every way of life; in every place we put our feet; always waiting for Him to lead us, as He did for the nation of Israel in her journey to the Promised Land, when He used a cloud for the day and a pillar of fire for the night. “If the cloud was not taken up, they did not set out until the day it was taken up.” That was the sign of YAHWEH’S presence guiding and protecting Israel. We, the believer do have His presence in the person of His HOLY SPIRIT today as our guide and protector. But for us to be His light bearer we must walk with Him in obedience and submission, to receive the brightness of the shine of His light, for others to recognize and acknowledge that that shine comes from Him and not from ourselves, and give glory to due Him.

We do have a desert to walk through before reaching the Promised Land; a desert filled with a world of darkness and confusion and in great need of spiritual light.  Contentment is the key to shine the joy of Lord available to us, where our strength lies. The disciples, after YAHSHUA returned to heaven, carried the shine of His presence in a way that the world could not ignore it.  The Bible says that when they saw the boldness and unfettered eloquence of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and untrained in the schools, they marveled; and they recognized that they had been with YAHSHUA (Acts 4:13). When told to stop teaching about the name of YAHSHUA, they replied, Whether it is right in the sight of YAHWEH to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must decide. But we cannot help telling what we have seen and heard. When they further threatened them, they let them go, not seeing how they could not secure a conviction against them because of the people; for everybody was praising and glorifying God for what had occurred (Acts 4:19-20). This is remarkable! A good representation of faith. Peter, once a coward denying His Lord, now stands up as a lampstand, and a witness, shining the truth he believes in.

In the very early days of the Christian Church, when the teachings of YAHSHUA were fresh in the mind, the believers took their stand as a Lampstand and bravely reflected YAHSHUA’S light, even in their death. One of them was Stephen, who was full of grace and power from the Lord; he reflected YAHSHUA’S love while dying a martyr’s death in the hand of his prosecutors; he never lost his position as a Lampstand even while being stoned; instead, he prayed forgiveness for those who were stoning him, “And falling on his knees, he cried out loudly, Lord, fix not this sin upon them! And when he had said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:59-60). That was a shine that will never lose its power in the minds of people. His prayer reflected the love of YAHSHUA when on the cross being crucified, prayed, Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing. The intensity of the light’s rays grows brighter and brighter every time someone reads Stephens’ testimony. Stephen, even in death did not hide his lampstand for fear of it, but let his world see the rays of the Light that lived in him. The closer we walk with YAHSHUA, the brighter and definite the shine will be to the world.

Where there is light, the darkness dissipates. They cannot co-exist. But when we fail to shine YAHSHUA’S light, by suppressing it through behavior that denies His light to shine through us, then it is as if we put our lamp under a basket. As a result, the world will never know that God lives in us; they will never know the truth that will set them free; and our God will not be glorified through us. So, let’s shine our light, so that men might see our good works and glorify the heavenly Father.

THINK ABOUT IT!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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