The Menorah

The Ner ELOHIM is the center light of the Menorah. It is the light that lights all the other lamps. It was given the same amount of oil as all the others, but they would burn out and have to be cleaned and be re-lit every day. The Ner Elohim, according to the Jewish Encyclopedia,

“by a miracle that lamp regularly burned till the following evening (ib. 86b). This miracle, however, ceased after the death of Simeon the Righteous, who was high priest forty years before the destruction of the Temple (Yoma 39b).”

That same encyclopedia says that Jesus died 40 years before the destruction of the temple.

I just listened to BW talk about how Jesus was the center light of the Menorah, and it went out when He died. I looked on the encyclopedia, because after a bad experience with another teacher stretching the truth I am testing everything. It’s for real. There is even more cool stuff that he didn’t have time to cover. Like this:

The 7 lamps on the Menorah represent the 7 days of the week. The center light stands for the sabbath.

Jesus is our rest, He is our sabbath rest (Hebrews 4).

I think about people and the amount of oil they have. I think about the ones I know that shine light in their rest, and the ones that shine light and burn out every day. I want to be in that rest.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.

Hebrews 4.9-10

I want to shine a light out from my rest. In my sitting in the Holy Place and letting my oil burn miraculously until the following evening.