Friday, May 7, 2010

Exodus 27:20-21 - The Olive Oil for the Seven Golden Lamps of The Golden Lampstand(Menorah)

The last two verses of the chapter 27 of the Book of Exodus describe the special oil that ought to be used to light the Seven Golden Lamps of the Golden Menorah inside the Tent. Let's take a look:

Exodus 27:20-21
20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.

‎20 ‏וְאַתָּ֞ה תְּצַוֶּ֣ה׀ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֨וּ אֵלֶ֜יךָ שֶׁ֣מֶן זַ֥יִת זָ֛ךְ כָּתִ֖ית לַמָּא֑וֹר לְהַעֲלֹ֥ת נֵ֖ר תָּמִֽיד׃

‎21 ‏בְּאֹ֣הֶל מוֹעֵד֩ מִח֨וּץ לַפָּרֹ֜כֶת אֲשֶׁ֣ר עַל־הָעֵדֻ֗ת יַעֲרֹךְ֩ אֹת֨וֹ אַהֲרֹ֧ן וּבָנָ֛יו מֵעֶ֥רֶב עַד־בֹּ֖קֶר לִפְנֵ֣י יְהוָ֑ה חֻקַּ֤ת עוֹלָם֙ לְדֹ֣רֹתָ֔ם מֵאֵ֖ת בְּנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ ס
If you remember from Exodus 25:37, there were seven(7) Golden Lamps made for the Golden Lampstand, that stood inside the Holy Place of the Tent of the Mishkan. Here is one of these Lamps:

The Oil that was used for the Lamps was beaten out of high quality Olives, and was also of a very high purity. The Lamps were then filled with this Oil like so: 

And, as you can see from this image, the Lamp would become functional and could burn for the entire night just like the Ex.27:21 states. And also, for the entire day as Ex.30:7-8 states.
It seems that the Lamps were to hold enough Oil to support the flame for at least 12 hour period.

And here you can see all seven(7) Lamps lit up upon the Golden Lampstand.

Here is a closer view upon the Lamps...

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