“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks” Revelation 2:1
Well, here we are, still in the first verse! We have briefly talked about some of the symbology of Jesus walking among the candlesticks, particularly as it applies to the idea of seven representing the completeness of God and how this probably indicates the applicability of these letters to all churches at all times; we also covered that it seems the idea of Him walking among, and being with His churches. Why candlesticks though? He could have walked among something else, right?
What do candlesticks provide? Well, light of course. I have made reference to Scripture, from start to finish, as being a tapestry of redemption through Jesus Christ from start to finish. I didn’t make that up, that what any Bible scholar would tell you, too. Yet, we see common themes appearing time and time again in Scripture; light is one of those things. Light is used over an over as a symbol of God, Jesus Christ, and even His followers as reflections of that light.
There’s TONS of references to this, so here are just a few to illustrate the point a bit.
Before God spoke, there wasn’t any light! “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3.
God as light led the Israelites in the desert.“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” Exodus 13:21,22.
Later, in the Tabernacle, we actually see a reference to 7 lamps! “And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.” Exodus 25:37.
He is the light that lights the world. “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:9-12.
We are to walk in the light.“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” 1 John 1:6.
We are to BE the light of the world, as His reflections. “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16.
So, is it significant that Jesus walked among candlesticks? Pretty sure it is!