For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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It appears that God appreciates art; the details on the menorah highlight this. I see this in the following verses:
[Exodus 25:31-40 RSV] 31 “And you shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The base and the shaft of the lampstand shall be made of hammered work; its cups, its capitals, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it; 32 and there shall be six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side of it; 33 three cups made like almonds, each with capital and flower, on one branch, and three cups made like almonds, each with capital and flower, on the other branch–so for the six branches going out of the lampstand; 34 and on the lampstand itself four cups made like almonds, with their capitals and flowers, 35 and a capital of one piece with it under each pair of the six branches going out from the lampstand. 36 Their capitals and their branches shall be of one piece with it, the whole of it one piece of hammered work of pure gold. 37 And you shall make the seven lamps for it; and the lamps shall be set up so as to give light upon the space in front of it. 38 Its snuffers and their trays shall be of pure gold. 39 Of a talent of pure gold shall it be made, with all these utensils. 40 And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
It appears that God appreciates gold. Note the use of gold in the lampstand. How this contrasts with those equating a plain life with holiness! The plain, shaker-style in contrast with the ornate work of the lamp provides a picture of the soil versus the shine of metal. We are dust and to dust we will return. God is holy and eternal. This clearly shines a light on the command; “walk humbly with your God.”
It would seem there are conclusions to draw from this. So often we hear and see those among us taking something simply stated and making it into something more than what was said. The contrast between plain and ornate might be one. There are groups who take the ornate to the extreme in their religious furnishings and then there are those who prefer the opposite, the plain; they are those who forbid all expression of intricate design. Is this even important? It must be in some sense because the last verse cautions the builders of the lampstand:
see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
If we apply even these seemingly small details to our lives, how careful must we be to follow the directions given by God for our benefit, directions to live according to His will and not our own? The principle then might be to be sure we follow God’s directions as given not our ideas of what he meant. Think on that…
The pictures posted above are examples of an artist’s interpretation of the instructions given, maybe… They are not the original. They are different from each other. They do have similarities. How do we know which is accurate? We go to the Word of God and read the instructions given. How closely are the instructions followed? We do the same with the instructions given to us to live according to his will. How closely are those followed?
“walk humbly with your God.”
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