Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Still pondering the same questions...
If you have ever grown flowers, you know that they do quite an amazing thing. They turn their faces to the sun. Sunflowers are the funniest, because their huge blossoms twist slowly around to face the sun throughout the day.
I am still pondering on the thought of what it means to have the Lord turn His face toward us and make His face shine upon us. (See the previous post).
Today's scripture is from Numbers 8:1-4. It is about the lampstand that God had told Moses to direct Bezalel and Oholiab to craft for the tabernacle (Exodus 25:31-40, 27:20-21, 37:17-24, 40:24-25). We know that the lampstand was a symbol for Jesus, the light of the world.
The Lord said to Moses, "Speak to Aaron and say to him, 'When you set up the seven lamps, they are to light up the area in front of the lampstand.'"
Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. This is how the lampstand was made: It was made of hammered gold--from its base to its blossoms. The lampstand was made exactly like the pattern the Lord had shown Moses.
The lampstand was made of hammered gold from its base to its blossoms. Exodus 25:33-35 explains that the ends of the "branches" of the lampstand, where the oil was poured and lit, were to be cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. This must have been a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.
Aaron, according to God's directions, set up the lampstand with the lamps "so that they faced forward on the lampstand."
Somehow this reminds me of flowers turning to face the sun, which reminds me of God turning His face toward us and making it shine on us.
Which brings me back to the questions I asked in the last post...
What does it mean for the Lord to make His face shine on us?
What does it mean for the Lord to turn His face towards us?
Are these things the same or different?