The command to make the seven branched lamp stand of the Menorah [think of the seven churches of Revelation 2-3] which would burn pure olive oil to light the court of the tabernacle/temple.
The pure olive oil represents the Holy Spirit, the presence and use of which makes the faithful; the light of the world. Today, by vexing God’s Spirit in turning away from any zeal to learn and live by every Word of God, the Ekklesia are no longer the example of godliness and light to the world that we should be.
Instead we lean to our own ways, quenching the light of God’s Spirit by rejecting any zeal to learn and grow and keep the whole Word of God. Our light of zeal for God is flickering and going out, and we know it not; because we are intent on zeal for our leaders and organizations instead of on zeal to live by every Word of God.
Leviticus 24:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24:2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.
24:3 Without the vail [outside the most holy place; in the priests courtyard of the tabernacle/temple] of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.
This is a symbolic promise that after the resurrection to godly eternal life the light of God will never go out in his true people
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock [Jesus Christ] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Leviticus 24:4 He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick [oil burning lamp stand] before the LORD continually.
The Bread of Presence pictures the presence of Jesus Christ as the Bread of Life for the Called Out of physical Israel; as an instructional allegory of the faithful internalizing the presence and nature of God in spiritual New Covenant Israel.
24:5 And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. 24:6 And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD.
Frankincense is to be placed on each piece, picturing the pleasant perfume of the Word of God
24:7 And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial [of the pleasant perfume of godliness], even an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
The Bread of Presence symbolizing the presence of the Husband and Creator of Israel was to be placed on the holy table each weekly Sabbath day. Just as Jesus Christ the Creator spent the first Sabbath with Adam, so he desires to be among his people on every Sabbath day.
24:8 Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.
The Bread of Presence is to be eaten only by the priests as a thing most holy to God, because the physical priests are a type of the spiritual priesthood of Melchizedek [Jesus Christ]. See our articles on the Priesthood and Ministry.
24:9 And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire [baked in the fire] by a perpetual statute.
The law concerning all those who blaspheme God
Compromising with any part of the Word of God and leading the brethren away from any zeal for the practical application of the Word of God is an act of blasphemy.
24:10 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp; 24:11 And the Israelitish woman’s son blasphemed the name of the Lord, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:) 24:12 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them.
24:13 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24:14 Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.
Because many have followed their leaders away from any zeal for the Word of God, equating zeal for a man or for corporate churches with zeal for God is the sin of idolatry; those who do this will not be held guiltless before God, they will most certainly be corrected by our Mighty One.
24:15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. 24:16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.
The murderer of innocent blood must surely be put to death
This applies to the physical murderer and also to the spiritual murderer who seeks to steal the Father’s flock to turn the brethren away from their zeal for the Word of God, to follow after themselves. Such men, in leading people to equate loyalty to themselves as loyalty to God; are spiritual murderers leading people away from the way of life into the broad highway to destruction. They will be sternly corrected and if they will not sincerely repent they will surely be destroyed.
24:17 And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.
To willfully steal an animal or to kill an animal not belonging to us is theft, and even if the killing was accidental the killer must restore the value to the owner.
24:18 And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast.
The phrase below refers to equity in correction. Some would call this very harsh, yet in today’s libertarian world there is vastly more crime than in ancient times. The moderation of the penalty to a fine or imprisonment opens the way for a rich man to simply pay a fine for his outrages.
24:19 And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him; 24:20 Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.
This has its spiritual application. God is just and demands fairness, equity and justice, he is not a respecter of persons and neither should we be.
24:21 And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.
There is to be ONE foundational law for every person in our assemblies; THE LAW OF GOD. Anyone who teaches us to diminish our zeal for the Word of God, is in rebellion against God and is to be rejected from our assemblies.
When wickedness comes to a climax as it has in our time; where the vast majority laugh at and condemn zeal to live by every Word of God and follow idols of men rather than zealously testing every word of man by the Word of God [rejecting men’s words which are not consistent with the Word of God]: Then we are to leave off assembling with such people in order to remain faithfully steadfast in passionate zeal for learning and living by every Word of God.
24:22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.
24:23 And Moses spake to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses.