A Continually Burning Lamp

Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.

Leviticus 24:2

The Lord says here that He wants the Israelites to bring olive oil because He wanted the “lamps to burn continually”.  He never wanted the lamps to go out.  Matthew 5:14 says “Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Verse 16 says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.  The truth is that we are the light of the world.  Just as God didn’t want the lamp to go out in the Old Testament, He does not want our “lamp” to go out, either. 

When we have sin in our lives and when we are ashamed of Him and when we decide to live like the world, we are hiding our light.  We are not letting His light shine through us.  Just as the moon has no light of it’s own, but simply reflects the sun’s light, we have no light of our own, but are to simply reflect the Son’s light.  There are times when clouds obscure the light of the moon and there are times when we allow things to come between us and the Lord.  These things cause our light to be dimmed.  We should ask the Lord to help us make sure that our “lamps burn continuously”.  May His light shine brightly through us that we might glorify Him and point others to Him!

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