Sunday, April 28th,
rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
Aaron that when he lights the seven lamps in the lampstand, he is to set them
so they will throw their light forward" (Numbers 8:1 TLB)
I used to picture the menorah, the Tabernacle
lampstand, as diffusing light in all directions but a closer look shows that it
is a directional output. The light of the lamp is cupped in such a way that it
"throws" its light forward. The NKJV simply states that the "lamps shall give
light in front of the lampstand". There is little use in lighting up what is
behind. Paul admonished, "Looking unto Jesus" and added, "Forgetting those
things which are behind..." History books are great for teaching us what not to
do, which is important, but novels, like eyes created in front of our faces, are
written to keep us moving forward. The lampstand does more than flashlight
work. It "throws" its light forward, that is, it launches boldly into the
future. God cried, "Let there be light!" and possibility was thrown forward at
the rate of 186,200 miles per second. Faith sees, faith says, faith speeds,
faith seizes. It always illuminates what can be and what is to be but wastes no
time considering what might have been.
Notice Moses was commanded to "tell Aaron" to
arrange the lampstand so that it sends light forward. Aaron had to be prodded
because he was typological of us all. The human tendency is to look back. Lot's
wife looked back at Sodom and became a pillar of salt. "Movements" throw their
light forward, "monuments" aim their light behind. Fear longs for the good ole
days, faith is ready to start man's first mission to Mars or colonize Jupiter.
Fear settles down on the eastside of Jordan like the tribes of Reuben and Gad,
but faith presses west like the pioneer spirit that crossed the Mississippi hunting a better life. "Go west young man" became the battle cry of California 49ers and visionaries who threw their lampstand light forward.
Note also that the lampstand cannot throw light
any direction until it is first lit. Aaron was required to service and light
the lamps every day. A believer's fire must be maintained. Vision is to be cast
forward but that vision must be constantly revised, revived, updated and
re-energized. I've often quoted Maxwell's line, "A leader that is not fired with
enthusiasm should be fired with enthusiasm!" The Donald points his
finger/gun and says "you're fired" to those who are not fired with excitement.
Daily we sit at Jesus' feet in prayer, study His word, have the oil lamps
refilled with the Spirit and rekindle our vision and passion. Then we turn up
the lumens. Bright futures beam from bright lamps. When we focus on the good to
come, talk it up, encourage ourselves in the Lord and rally support from our
partners, the future becomes the present. What we hope for and expect becomes
what we are and what we have. Nothing distracts because the brilliance of the
vision darkens every shadow or character in the periphery. Chew on that thought
today. Learn how to throw your light forward.