The Theology of the Tabernacle Part 4 -- By: John Vernon McGee

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 095:377 (Jan 1938)
Article: The Theology of the Tabernacle Part 4
Author: John Vernon McGee


The Theology of the Tabernacle
Part 4

John Vernon McGee

(Concluded from the October-December, 1937, Number)

Chapter VI
The Lampstand of Gold:
The Doctrine concerning Worship, Continued

The floor lamp is not a modern invention, but is as old as the Tabernacle at least. The Tabernacle contained a floor lamp, for that is what the golden candlestick was in the Holy Place. We are substituting the more descriptive title “lampstand” for the King James rendering of “candlestick.” It was more than a candlestick, as we designate such. The blueprint for it is given in Exodus 25:31–40, “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. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. And the tongs thereof, and snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. And look that thou make

them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.”

The substance of the material for the furniture of the Tabernacle was different in the Holy Place. In the outer court brass was the prevailing material. Brass had to do with the judgment of sin. In the Holy Place gold was the material that predominated. This was no accident or chance occurrence. The gold speaks of the Deity of Christ. It was the only object that set forth in such a visible way His Deity. Two objects of furniture, the lampstand and the mercy-seat, were made entirely of gold. The lampstand was the perfect symbol of Christ as the Son of God-“That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9). He was a “light of the Gentiles” (

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