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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

VaYakhel 22-6

And (he) caused them to gather

Exodus 37:17-29

They made the lampstand of pure gold and hammered it out, base and shaft; its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms were of one piece with it... They made its seven lamps, as well as its wick trimmers and trays, of pure gold.

Ex. 37:17, 23 NIV

Why was there no wood in the lampstand?

The seven-branched lampstand with its seven lamps was made of pure gold. There was no wood in it. In the heavenly service tabernacle the lampstand symbolizes discerning of spirits and the lamps prophecy (see 1 Cor. 12).

This teaches us that prophecy coming from the Eternal's Spirit is completely pure. There can't be any wood in the vessels that bring prophecy to the world. The one who prophesies things in the Eternal's name things from his own heart that He hasn't said commits a serious transgression. There are many false prophecies in the charismatic world. Let's be careful with them.

In Jeremiah 23:25, 28 and 32 it is written: "I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, 'I had a dream! I had a dream!... Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?" declares the LORD... Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least," declares the LORD." (NIV)

May the Eternal give us discernment to know when a prophecy comes from heaven and when it comes from men.


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