“And he said to me, ‘What do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it;’”
Good detectives notice the little things. They can see and hear things others miss. Often these small things can make or break a case. I know some people who would make great detectives. Others would not. As we look at today’s verse ask yourself how good of a detective you would make.
The angel asked a simple question, “What do you see?” Most people may have said they saw a lampstand. Not Zechariah. He gives us a full description. It was gold with a bowl on top from which 49 spouts came out and led to seven lamps. From this description, you could probably make one.
But the description isn’t just about the lampstand. This is a symbol to us. Gold, of course, represented purity. This lampstand, representing God, was pure. That bowl on top with 49 tubes tells us it is God who is the supplier of gifts in our lives.
This menorah (that’s the word used for lampstand) is showing Zechariah who is the true source of light. Light is needed by all. Without light we would walk in darkness. God’s light is eternal. It will never go out. It is a perpetual flame.
Does your life reflect the purity of God and His light. Don’t forget that Zechariah is sharing this vision with the people. They were looking for light after all the years of darkness. Come to the source of light. John tells us that, doesn’t he? In 1 John 1:5 he says, “5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Then he goes on to say, “6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Amen? Amen!
Father, I will carry the light of Your presence. Let it shine!