THE TABERNACLE: THE LAMPSTAND—-Exodus 25:31-40; 27-21; Leviticus 24:1-4

A better translation than "candlestick" is "lampstand", as used in this lesson.


GOLD WAS ITS ONLY MATERIAL Exodus 25:31.  As gold symbolizes deity, the lampstand must  typify a divine Person.  As the gold was “beaten work”, the person referred to is Christ Isaiah 53:4-10;I Peter 2:24.

BRANCHES REACHED OUTWARD Exodus 25:32.  The shaft or central stem was straight upward; the six branches curved outward and upward.  They suggest the Spirit-filled Christ described in Isiah 11:1-2 & Revelation 4:5.  The branches may also typify believers, joined to Christ, part of Him (John 15:5; I Corinthians 12:1-2), now shining for Him (Ephesians 5:8; I Peter 2:9.)

BUDS, FLOWERS< AND FRUIT Exodus 25:33-35.  The “bowls” resembling almonds, the “knobs” like buds, and the flowers, all gave the lampstand the appearance of a tree with all its forms of life.  Compare numbers 17:8.  The resurrection, living Christ is our light.  II Corinthians 4:6.  We should also give evidence of our life.  Romans 6;22.


Oil is a symbol of the Spirit of God.  This is seen in Luke 4;18 “the Spirit…on me for He has annointed Me.”  

ITS SUFFICIENT Leviticus 24:2 “to cause the lamps to burn continually.”  John 3:34 “God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him.”  I Corinthians 2:12 “we have receiced…the Spirit of God”.  Ephesians 5:8 “Be filled with the Spirit.”

ITS QUALITY: IT WAS PURE.  Leviticus 24:2 “bring unto thee pure oil.”  The Spirit of God is called the Holy Spirit.



No natural light was in the holy place.  The light of this world cannot illumine the things of God; they are seen only by the light of Christ.  Ephesians 4:8; I Cor. 2:14-15; “are spiritually discerned.”  John 8:12 “I am the light…the light of life”  Revelation 21:23 ‘The Lamb is the light (lamp) thereof” (heaven).

THE LIGHT FELL UPON THE TABLE (fellowship) Ex. 40:24-25 “over against the table…lighted the lamp I John 1:7 “if we…in the light…we have fellowship.”

THE LIGHT FELL UPON THE ALTAR (worship) Ex. 30:7-8 “lighteth the lamps…burn incense;” no incense could be offered in the darkness.  John 4:14 “must worship Him in Sporit and truth.”  

THE LIGHT FELL BACK UPON THE LAMPSTAND ITSELF. Ex. 25:37; Numbers 8:2-3 “light over against the candlestick”; John 16:7,14,15 The Spirit reveals Christ himself.