From Beaten Work to Blessed Light: Christ's Sacrifice Illuminating Our Path

Exo 25:31  And thou shalt 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.

Exo 27:20  And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

Both the candlestick and its oil are “beaten” works.  It’s an amazing observation to note that light is manifested here only after a process of beating has occurred.  This word “beaten” in our text comes from the Hebrew word “nâkâh”, which means “to strike”.  This Hebrew word is used again in Zec 13:7, interpreted “smite”, which is quoted by our Lord in Mar 14:27; “And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.”  What a beautiful type and picture of the “beaten” work which took place there on Calvary some 2,000 years ago!  I am awe-stricken that my Great Shepherd was beaten on my behalf, so that His glorious light could invade my lost dark soul, and illuminate my life with the hope of eternal life, bought and paid for by His own precious blood!  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted (Isa 53:4).  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 healed (Isa 53:5).  Oh, what a Savior He is!  Though they crucified our Lord, and placed Him in a borrowed tomb, yet on the third day He arose with healing in His wings (see Mal 4:2)!  Today, the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ IS the light which shines into the darkness of an otherwise hopeless world (see John 1:5)!  It was pictured in our text, personified by our Lord, and proven with many infallible proofs (Acts 1:3)!  Dear reader, if you find yourself in utter darkness, lost without the hope of Christ, will you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation (see Acts 16:31)?  I trust that you will, for you will never regret it!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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