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God's ministry must not be done except with God's power.
Some Jews who traveled around and drove out evil spirits also tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus to do this. They said to the evil spirits, "I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches." Seven brothers, who were the sons of a Jewish High Priest named Sceva, were doing this.
But the evil spirit said to them, "I know Jesus, and I know about Paul; but you---who are you?" The man who had the evil spirit in him attacked them with such violence that he overpowered them all. They ran away from his house, wounded and with their clothes torn off. (Act 19:13-16)
attempt the supernatural, ask yourself,
- Pieter de Waal
"Make a lamp stand of pure gold. Make its base and its shaft of hammered gold; its decorative flowers, including buds and petals, are to form one piece with it. (Exo 25:31)
"Six branches shall extend from its sides, three from each side. Each of the six branches is to have three decorative flowers shaped like almond blossoms with buds and petals." (Exo 25:32-33)
Six is the
symbol of man. Here in the branches of the lamp stand, man is
In the midst of them, but above them, the shaft, the seventh branch, is Jesus Christ.
"The shaft of the lamp stand is to have four decorative flowers shaped like almond blossoms with buds and petals. There is to be one bud below each of the three pairs of branches. The buds, the branches, and the lamp stand are to be a single piece of pure hammered gold." (Exo 25:34-36)
It is generally accepted that the knobs on the lamp stand of the tabernacle were in the shape of pomegranates, the symbol of peace. The lamp stand of the tabernacle had three knobs (the symbol of divinity) on the central shaft and four knobs (the number of earth) on each of the branches. This signifies God's peace to the world.
Just like the petals protect the bud, so Christ Himself protects us and is the source of all life.
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The oil of the lamp stand in the tabernacle was to be topped up each evening.
"Command the people of Israel to bring you the best olive oil for the lamp, so that it can be lit each evening. Aaron and his sons are to set up the lamp in the Tent of my presence outside the curtain which is in front of the Covenant Box. There in my presence it is to burn from evening until morning. This command is to be kept forever by the Israelites and their descendants. (Exo 27:20-21)
We should not let any hindrances enter our lives that can cause the flames of devotion to burn low. This is the lesson that we learn from the lamp stand of the tabernacle.