Yahweh In The Temple
Ex. 27:20 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.
- The oil for the temple was not to be sold, but it was something that each person was to prepare and contribute.
- The olives were provided from vineyards that were set aside for the purpose of this provision for the temple
- It was not a requirement to pay for the olives to prepare the oil
- But it was necessary for your heart to be submitted to labor towards this daily task.
- We must put in the preparation each day to ensure that our lives are illuminated by His Spirit.
- In the preparation of the oil, the olive gives its yield only when it is pounded, and so the light of His presence will only come forth from us when the flesh has been broken and crushed
- Then the oil of His Spirit will ooze out and become that which can be ignited and used to shine forth His glory.
- In this process, our egos and rebellious natures — “our own heart and our own eyes,” are crushed into pulp and discarded, leaving the Spirit within to shine forth through the broken ‘clay’ vessel.
- Our perspective is shortsighted during our trials, not seeing the value of the glory of His Presence which will be revealed through our crushed flesh
- The Children of Yisrael were to walk in the marvelous light of truth and salvation
- Nothing was to be hid from them - the word of Yahweh was not for private interpretation, but for all Yisrael’s ear to hear.
- If we were to rehearse His word daily in our lives and were to allow His ways to become our ways at all seasons, we indeed could walk in that marvelous light and be a light for all the world
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve Yahweh and mammon.