The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 29

“The Golden Lamp Stand”

And thou shall make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made:
his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six
branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side,
and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto
almonds, with a knob and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the
other branch, with a knob and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.
And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their
flowers. And there shall be a knob under two branches of the same, and a knob under two
branches of the same, and a knob under two branches of the same, according to the six
branches that proceed out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of the
same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. And thou shall make the seven lamps
thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. And the
tongs thereof, and the snuff dishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. Of a talent of pure gold shall
he make it, with all these vessels. And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was
shown thee in the mount
.” (Exod 25:31–40; see also Exod 37:17–24)

And thou shall set...the candlestick over against (or across from) the table (of show-bread) on the
side of the Tabernacle toward the south
.” (Exod 26:35; see also Exod 40:24)

The candlestick, as a whole represented Christ and the Church giving forth their light. The
central candlestick typified Christ Jesus; it had its own foundation, and its course was straight upward
from the very start. On the other hand, the branches, representing the true, consecrated church, had no
base of their own, their support being the main candlestick; also their course was not straight upward,
but at the start they were almost horizontal, parallel to the earth, but gradually their course changed
upward until at last they ran parallel to the main candlestick. So with the consecrated: We have no
standing in ourselves, our support; our foundation is in Him…

At the beginning of our consecration, our course was not so very different from what it had been before;
we still followed many earthly things; but as we grew in grace and in the knowledge of the truth our
course bent more and more upward until at last, if we are faithful, at the end of our course, we will be
going in the same direction as our blessed Master. Some of the branches were longer than others, but all
held the same amount of oil in their lamps and all gave out the same light. So there are many whose
course is longer than that of others, but the shorter can shine just as brightly as the longer, and can
hold as much of the Lord's spirit.” (
Pilgrim Echoes, Brother Mitchell, Page 19)

The candlestick was not only made of gold, but was beaten of one piece (Exod 25:36). The
candlestick had to be brought into shape by the process of beating, not by pouring the molten metal
into a mold. There was no alternative. It was to be
of `one beaten work of pure gold.’ The beaten
process beginning first with our Lord

Surely he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God
, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for
our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are
.” (Isa 53:4, 5) and as assuredly as `the servant is no greater than his Lord,’ as was the
shaft so are the branches all of a beaten work.

“Human nature rebels against suffering, hardship, and the beating process . . . The candlestick had to be
beaten, beaten until formed into a beautiful and serviceable piece of furniture to give light in the holy
place (
the Holy). We often hear Christians pray, `That I may know him and the power of his
,’ but they seemingly neglect to pray the rest of Paul’s prayer, `that I may know him and
the fellowship of his suffering

When the flesh is called on to suffer, the inevitable question is `
why?’ “ `Beloved, think it not
strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened
unto you; but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory
shall be revealed, ye shall be glad also with exceeding joy
.’ (1 Pet 4:12, 13) Rejoice then, for the
candlestick is being made and His glory shall ultimately be revealed. `
If ye be reproached for the
name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you
.’ (1 Pet 4:14)

Our only excuse for existence is that we might be to the praise of His glory. So when called on to suffer
and endure the beating process, let us be jubilant and say with Peter,`Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that
fades not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if
need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
that the trial of your faith, being much
more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto
praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ
.’ (1 Pet 1:3–7)

No warrant gives Christians authority to say, `Why?’ to God’s beating process in their lives.
The suffering of the Christian is no mystery, for we have the plain Word of God which says,
`For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the
glory which shall be revealed in us’
(Rom 8:18) . . . So beloved, count it not strange concerning the
fiery trial. God’s beating process is at work in your life. The candlestick can be made no other way.

If no beating process is going on in our lives, we might well question the love of God, for we
are reminded, `For whom the Lord loves he chastens . . . now no chastening for the present
seems joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of
righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby
.’ (Heb 12:6, 11) When you become
concerned over the beating process in your life (and that is not an anxious concern to ask `Why?’),
inevitably you will say, `
Lord, what dost thou want to teach me?

The fully consecrated believer who has come into right relationship with his Lord, sin having
been put away at the brazen altar and at the laver,
never asks `Why?’ but `What?’ In implicit
confidence he says, `Lord, I take my stand
upon Rom 8:28 and accept this that has come into
my life as from thee and for thy glory and my best. But what art thou trying to teach me in this
Whether we are laid aside by sickness, whether we lose our home, or whether
that dear one who has meant so much in our lives is taken—whatever the experience is, we can
say in implicit confidence, `I thank thee, Lord. I take this from thy hand, teach me thy lesson.’

“God has purposed in Christ that his `masterpiece’ should be beautiful. `The king’s daughter is all
glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold
.’ (Psa 45:13).” (Street, The Believer—Priest in
the Tabernacle Furniture
, p. 69–75)

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