The Golden Candlestick – Isaiah 11

Isaiah 11:1-5, 10-12 NIV
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD –
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.  …

… 10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. 12 He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah
from the four quarters of the earth.

The above links the Messiah – the Branch – the Root of Jesse – the House of David with the Golden Candlestick – the Menorah the Jewish symbol of the candlestick that burned in the tabernacle throughout the centuries. Notice the central staff  “the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him” => Christ in the center of the other light bearers{flames}.

………………………………. The Spirit of knowledge
……………………. The Spirit of counsel
…………… The Spirit of wisdom
The Spirit of the LORD
will rest on Him—
…………… The Spirit of understanding
…………………….. The Spirit of power
……………………………….. The Spirit of the fear of the LORD

The Root of Jesse – the Messiah stands as a banner for His people. Here Jesus Christ is linked to a picture of the menorah and the seven Spirits of the Lord!

Revelation 4:5 NIV … From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. …

It should be no surprise that this leads to the center of the throne – the center of worship – to where the slain Lamb is standing and the Song of the Lamb is sung!

Revelation 5:6 NIV … Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Revelation 15:3-4 … the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you,  for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

As we praise the Lord and lift up Jesus Christ our Lord, we lift up Him up as our banner, a standard of praise, the light of the world – for all to see. It is promised –

John 12:32  … But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.  

Revelation 15:5 … After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of
the testimony in heaven was opened wide.

Look what happens in Revelation 15:5, after the Song of the Lamb is sung. The tabernacle of the testimony is opened wide. The testimony of Jesus is opened for all to see(Rev 19:10). Worshipping the Lord opens a door(Isa 6:4), the testimony of Jesus, that many may see and behold the King to declare His praise! This allows Jesus to draw all men unto Him.

* It is also significant that Psalm 67 has the same theme as the ‘Song of the Lamb’. It is thought that king David used to carry psalm 67 in the shape of the menorah engraved on his Shield.

Psalm 67 The Psalm of the Menorah 
{For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.}

………………………………. 1 God – may He bless and favor us,
………………………………. may He shine His face on us. – Selah
……………………. 2 That on earth Your Way be known,
……………………. and in all nations – Your Salvation!
…………… 3 Let the peoples praise You, God;
…………… let all the peoples praise You.
4 May nations be glad and sing for joy,
for You judge the peoples justly,
You guide the nations of the earth. – Selah
…………… 5 Let the peoples praise You, God;
…………… let all the peoples praise You
…………………… 6 Then the earth will give her harvest [showing His favor]
…………………….. God, our God, blesses us!
……………………………….. 7 God blesses us,
……………………………….. that they may fear Him to the ends of the earth.

Do you see any parallels between vvs. 1 & 7? vvs. 2 & 6? vvs. 3 & 5?

Psalm 67 – The Psalm of the Menorah
The psalmist prays for God’s blessing upon His people and urges the nations to praise Him for He is the just ruler of the world. When God demonstrates His favor to His people, all nations will recognize His character as a God who delivers. This will have an impact on the whole earth and cause the nations to praise the LORD!

Psalm 67 is known as “The psalm of the Menorah.” Many times, its words have been written in the shape of the seven branched menorah and has been incorporated into many plaques whose themes contain the words “I have set the Lord before me always” -Ps 16:18.

In the original Hebrew text of Psalm 67 there are 8 verses. The first verse is the heading for the Psalm and is not numbered in most translations. The remaining seven verses reflect an exquisite poetic structure that is balanced in some intriguing ways.

When this Psalm is rotated 90 degrees to the left (or if you tilt your head to the right), you will see an obviously intentional graphic representation of the Menorah, the lamp stand which stood in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Ps67_Menorah

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