Continuous Menorah Light
Oil lamps were one of the most common household items of ancient times. Some were even adorned with a Menorah design, giving people the sensation of lighting the Temple Menorah.
Yeshua shared a parable to illustrate how the light of a Menorah could uncover and expose redemption. He told of the woman who lost a silver coin. Although the coin was not valuable, her loss was significant. Silver is a symbol of redemption. So, losing a silver coin signified the tragic loss of a redeeming knowledge of God.
To find the coin she cleaned her house, which symbolized a spiritual housecleaning. Most importantly, she lit her oil lamp, one that quite possibly was inscribed with a Menorah. She lifted up the oil lamp to elevate the light. Because light refers to the righteous, this action portrayed an increase of righteousness in her home.
Before long, the Menorah’s light exposed the hidden coin and brought the image of redemption (in the silver coin) out into the light for all to see. If she had burned her lamp as a ner tamid or a perpetual light which never goes out, the coin might not have been lost originally.
One of the outstanding attributes of the Woman of Valor in Proverbs 31 is that her lamp does not go out at night. When dutiful households labor to maintain their Menorah light, they allude to the eternal light of God’s presence, and His unending radiance shining in the face of Yeshua (Hebrews 1:3).
Published January 26, 2017