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Tuesday, November 20th, '18

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THROWING LIGHT FORWARD

"Tell Aaron that when he lights the seven lamps in the lampstand, he is to set them so they will throw their light forward" (Numbers 8:1 TLB)

 

I used to picture the menorah, the Tabernacle lampstand, as diffusing light in all directions but a closer look shows that it is a directional output. The light of the lamp is cupped in such a way that it "throws" its light forward. The NKJV simply states that the "lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand". There is little use in lighting up what is behind. Paul admonished, "Looking unto Jesus" and added, "Forgetting those things which are behind..." History books are great for teaching us what not to do, which is important, but novels, like eyes created in front of our faces, are written to keep us moving forward. The lampstand does more than flashlight work. It "throws" its light forward, that is, it launches boldly into the future. God cried, "Let there be light!" and possibility was thrown forward at the rate of 186,200 miles per second. Faith sees, faith says, faith speeds, faith seizes. It always illuminates what can be and what is to be but wastes no time considering what might have been.

 

Notice Moses was commanded to "tell Aaron" to arrange the lampstand so that it sends light forward. Aaron had to be prodded because he was typological of us all. The human tendency is to look back. Lot's wife looked back at Sodom and became a pillar of salt. "Movements" throw their light forward, "monuments" aim their light behind. Fear longs for the good ole days, faith is ready to start man's first mission to Mars or colonize Jupiter. Fear settles down on the eastside of Jordan like the tribes of Reuben and Gad, but faith presses west like the pioneer spirit that crossed the Mississippi hunting a better life. "Go west young man" became the battle cry of California 49ers and visionaries who threw their lampstand light forward.

 

Note also that the lampstand cannot throw light any direction until it is first lit. Aaron was required to service and light the lamps every day. A believer's fire must be maintained. Vision is to be cast forward, but that vision must be constantly revised, revived, updated and re-energized. I've often quoted Maxwell's line, "A leader that is not fired with enthusiasm should be fired with enthusiasm!" The Donald points his finger/gun and says "you're fired" to those who are not fired with excitement. Daily we sit at Jesus' feet in prayer, study His word, have the oil lamps refilled with the Spirit and rekindle our vision and passion. Then we turn up the lumens. Bright futures beam from bright lamps. When we focus on the good to come, talk it up, encourage ourselves in the Lord and rally support from our partners, the future becomes the present. What we hope for and expect becomes what we are and what we have. Nothing distracts because the brilliance of the vision darkens every shadow or character in the periphery. Chew on that thought today. Learn how to throw your light forward.


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