Today’s Scripture:¬†And Simeon blessed them and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts shall be revealed. Luke 2:34-35

All around the world, our Jewish friends will soon light their brightly shining menorahs. The Menorah, a beautiful symbolic candelabra, is composed of one main branch separating into seven candlesticks. This lighting tradition goes back thousands of years as the Menorah has been an important picture for both ancient and modern Israel.

Have you ever wondered what the menorah symbolizes? In the Old Testament, it was predicted that there would be a True Light, the Messiah, who would come to illuminate, bless, and bring great joy. God had been showing Israel a symbol of that light through the menorah He had instituted for use in the tabernacle.

The seven candlesticks signify the number of days in creation and also the number of completeness, while all of them being fashioned from one light symbolizes unity. Manufactured out of one piece of gold, the Menorah again depicts unity. In Biblical times, it was to be lit every day by the high priest, and only the most pure, fresh oil was suitable to use for its lighting, thereby symbolizing purity. In recent years, The Temple Institute made one with the intention of putting it into the third Temple that is yet to come. Following the exact Biblical standard and requirements, this temple instrument is already perfectly functional and is ready to be used as soon as the need arises.

The Jews had the light and prophecy of God, but they missed it the first time. Yet, we can still learn from their example of unity, preparation, and readiness. Are we as believers living like our Light, Jesus Christ, is going to return at any moment? I hope that as Christmas approaches you grow excited not only about celebrating the birth of the Christ Child, but also for His coming return as our conquering King.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.