THE MEANING OF THE MENORA

menora Isaiah 11 verses 1,2

Few people understand the true meaning of the emblem of Israel, as it’s meaning is deeply Spiritual.  We find it in this passage of scripture in Isaiah, which describes the Spirit of Jesus Christ.  The Spirit of Christ is mentioned in Romans 8:9, and is the indwelling of Christ at the new birth, John 3:1-8.

“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord”.    Isaiah 11:1-2

This vision of the Son of Man by John is a description of Jesus who stands in the midst of the Menora holding the seven churches in His hands.

 VISION OF JESUS CHRIST

I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”  Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.”  Revelation 1:9-16.

Revelation 1v16

Barnes notes on the Bible regarding Isaiah 11:1-2

“And the Spirit of the Lord – The Spirit of Yahweh. Chaldee, ‘And there shall rest upon Him the spirit of prophecy from before Yahweh.’ In the previous verse, the prophet had announced His origin and His birth. In this, he proceeds to describe His extraordinary endowments, as eminently holy, pure, and wise. There can be no doubt that reference is here had to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the sacred Trinity, as descending upon Christ in the fullness of His influences, and producing in Him perfect Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, Might and the Fear of the Lord. The Spirit of Yahweh shall rest upon Him – a Spirit producing Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, Might, and the Fear of the Lord.  All these the Scriptures trace to the agency of the Holy Spirit; see 1 Corinthians 12:8-11. The meaning here is, that the Messiah should be endowed with these eminent prophetic gifts and qualifications for his ministry by the agency of the Holy Spirit. It was by that Spirit that the prophets had been inspired (see 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16); and as the Messiah was to be a prophet Deuteronomy 18:15, Deuteronomy 18:18, there was a requirement that He should be endowed in the same manner. If it be asked how One, who was divine in his own nature, could be thus endowed by the aid of the Spirit, the answer is, that He was also to be a man descended from the honored line of David, and that as a man He might be furnished for His work by the agency of the Holy Spirit. His human nature was kept pure; His mind was made eminently wise; His heart always retained the fear and love of God, and there is no absurdity in supposing that these extraordinary endowments were to be traced to God. That He was thus under the influence of the Holy Spirit, is abundantly taught in the New Testament. Thus, in Matthew 3:16, the Holy Spirit is represented as descending on Him at his baptism, In John 3:34, it is said, ‘For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God, for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him;’ compare Colossians 1:19.

“Shall rest upon Him” – That is, shall descend on Him, and remain with Him. It shall not merely come upon Him, but shall attend Him permanently; compare Numbers 11:25-26.

The spirit of Wisdom – The Spirit producing Wisdom, or making Him wise. Wisdom consists in the choice of the best means to secure the best ends. This attribute is often given to the Messiah in the New Testament, and was always evinced by Him; compare 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:17; Colossians 2:3 : ‘In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.’

And understanding – The difference between the words here rendered wisdom and understanding is, that the former denotes wisdom properly; and the latter, that judgment resulting from wisdom, by which we distinguish things, or decide on their character.

The Spirit of Counsel – That by which be shall be qualified to “give” counsel or advice; the qualification of a public instructor and guide; see the note at Isaiah 9:6.

And Might – Strength, vigor, energy; that strength of heart and purpose which will enable a man to meet difficulties, to encounter dangers, to be bold, open, and fearless in the discharge of his duties. It is not necessary to remark, that this characteristic was found in an eminent degree in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Of Knowledge – That is, the knowledge of the attributes and plans of Yahweh; compare Matthew 11:27 : ‘Neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son.’ John 1:18 : ‘No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared him;’ 1 John 5:20.

And of the fear of the Lord – The fear of Yahweh is often used to denote piety in general, as consisting in a reverence for the divine commands, and a dread of offending Him; “that is,” a desire to please Him, which is piety; compare Job 28:28; Psalm 19:9; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 3:13; Proverbs 15:33; Proverbs 19:23. That this characteristic was found eminently in the Lord Jesus, it is not necessary to attempt to prove.

 

Jesus Christ Himself stands in Jerusalem by the power of the fullness of His Spirit.  He is waiting for His Kings and Priests to bring His Kingdom to His land by taking up the authority they have in Christ and declaring all of His promises, boldly by faith, for His land and for His people.  So let’s start with:

Isaiah 60:1-2

“Zion will arise and she will shine for the glory of the Lord has risen upon her.  For behold darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon Zion and His glory shall be seen upon her!!!!”

God responds to His words declared by FAITH, because only then will the angels take His word to perform it, so they do not return to Him void, but accompany the purposes for which they are sent.

“Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word”.  Psalm 103:20

“Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”  Hebrews 14:1

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it”.  Isaiah 55:11

 

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