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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Emor 31-7


Leviticus 24:1-23

Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil from beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning regularly. Outside the veil of the testimony, in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall arrange it from evening to morning before the LORD regularly. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. He shall arrange the lamps on the lampstand of pure gold before the LORD regularly.

Lev. 24:2-4 ESV

How can we keep our lamps burning?

Aharon had to light the lamps of the lamp stand every evening so that they would burn the whole night. The lamps didn't burn during the day, only during the night. It was important to fulfill this service before the Eternal continually and to do that the purest oil from beaten (not ground) olives had to be produced. Olive oil was the fuel for the fire that lit the tabernacle during the night.

In our personal temple there is also an internal lampstand. What keeps it lit is the Spirit of the Eternal. Olive oil is a symbol of the Spirit. In order for our inner temple to burn continually for the Eternal we need to bring oil - the Spirit. How do we do that?

  The oil comes from the root of the olive tree. The olive is the heavenly Israel and the root is the Messiah. The root is in heaven and oil is produced there. In order to get oil to light the darkness of the present time - which will become darker - we must go to the heavenly source and bring the oil out. Through intense and constant prayer and daily study of the Scriptures we can get pure oil and keep our lamps burning all the time.

 Dear disciple of the Messiah: don't let a single day in your life pass without taking time in prayer and study of the Scriptures. It's good to form the habit of setting at least an hour a day for this activity.

Beloved one: don't neglect this for anything! Don't let your lamps run out of oil. Listen to what I'm saying: DON'T ALLOW YOUR LAMPS TO RUN OUT OF OIL. If you are not careful with this, the moment could come that at night you won't have and won't be able to get oil; and you will miss the wedding in the kingdom to come. Take this message seriously. Pray and study the Scriptures EVERY DAY of your life. Remember the parable of the ten virgins. (Matt. 25)

With all my love.

Shabbat shalom,


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