Revelation 2:1-7

“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

Yes, yes…we are STILL there! I’m really not in any rush, and all I am doing here is sharing things that come to mind as I read, write, and even talk about these posts.

A couple of comments were made that are worth looking at. If you want to see them in context, head back to Part 3. Click on the names, and you will go to their blogs.

I believe that the correct translation of “candlesticks” would be a Menorah.

I agree – those Jewish Christians would have immediately recognized “seven lampstands” as a reference to the Tabernacle/Temple, which was to them (as Jews) the place where Gods glory dwells among us. The full description is somewhere in Exodus, but i forget where and im too lazy to look it up. But yes, this is definitely a direct reference to what we today (in English) term as “menorah”, and as Wally pointed out, there’s a lot to unpack in that one evocative little phrase.

You know something? This reference to something that readers would instantly get matters a bit. It’s just true that somethings in Scripture are shrouded in mystery and even uncertainty. We don’t get or agree on all things. By the way, that’s not a bad thing at all; if we just got it all, we would read once and move on to something else. I believe God keeps us guessing sometimes so that we will seek him more thoroughly by reading His Word. But, back to the the issue at hand!

On the other hand, sometimes Jesus says: “Hey, listen up!” Sometimes He wants us to just get it. Even though not all got His parables, they were always grounded in a reference readers would get, and that was relevant to their lives. We will see that over and over as we go through the seven churches of Asia; references are made to illustrate points readers would get because the references were real to their lives.

This candlestick reference would have been pretty clear to any Jewish readers of these letters; again we see that every word in the Old Testament points to Jesus who appeared in the flesh in the New Testament. That’s just pretty neat, in my book.

Here is a little something Jesus also said repeatedly as He wrote these letters: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” He’s trying to make some things clear; are we listening?

 

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