2 Chronicles 4 … Consider His Way Prescribed

Then he made the ten golden lampstands in the way prescribed for them and he set them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left, (4:7).

the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary in the way prescribed; (4:20).

Yes, we have a repeated phrase… “in the way prescribed.”

I can’t help but get excited when I come across repetitions in His Word. It always takes me back to Joseph’s response when interpreting Pharaoh’s two dreams.

“Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly bring it about,” (Genesis 41:32).

And because I believe that every bit of the Bible is God’s very breath and is inspired by Him (2 Timothy 3:16), I also believe His repetitions hold weight; determined by Him to be fulfilled quickly.

During one of the very darkest times in my life, the Lord gave this truth to me through a study in Genesis. Subsequently, He began giving me promises for my current circumstances that were way beyond my control. And when He repeated it, well then, I could be sure He would quickly bring it to pass. But… I also learned His definition of quickly and mine can look quite different.

For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it passes by,
Or as a watch in the night,
(Psalm 90:4).

But He proved beyond faithful in His perfect time. So, now, anytime I come across a repeated phrase, I want to learn more; and in this case, I wanted to dig into the way prescribed. And… this gets good!

Then he made the ten golden lampstands in the way prescribed for them and he set them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left, (4:7).

the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary in the way prescribed; (4:20).

Some versions translate the phrase, “the way prescribed” in verse 4:7 as, “according to… their specifications, design, form, [and] plans.” And in some versions, 4:7 and 4:20 are translated using two different phrases. But the original language uses the same phrase, (well actually it’s one word), in both verses.

Prescribed Way, [according to specifications, design, form, plans]: “4941. מִשְׁפָּט mišpāṭ: “A masculine noun meaning a judgment, a legal decision, a legal case, a claim, proper, rectitudeIt is used to describe a legal decision or judgment rendered: it describes a legal decision given by God to be followed by the people…The word also describes plans or instructions…In a more abstract sense, it depicts the manner of life a people followed…[emphasis added]” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

Consider His Way Prescribed

With the spotlight beaming on His Way Prescribed, through repetition and reflection on the definition of this phrase, I couldn’t help but see Him. Of course! He is there, He’s always there; and we clearly see His Way Prescribed in Jesus.

  • His Way Prescribed in His Judgment“because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31).
  • His Way Prescribed in His Legal Decisionas it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one, (Romans 3:10).
  • His Way Prescribed in His Legal Case (A legal case is in a general sense a dispute between opposing parties which may be resolved by a court, or by some equivalent legal process.)
    • for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23).
  • His Way Prescribed in His Legal Claim (A claim is to demand or assert as a right. Facts that combine to give rise to a legally enforceable right or judicial action. … A claim is something that one party owes another.)
    • For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23).
  • His Way Prescribed, the manifestation of Proper [Correct, Right]Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth,” (John 4:21-24).
  • His Way Prescribed, the manifestation of Rectitude [Righteous]But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; (Romans 3:21-22).

And here in today’s reading, this Way Prescribed was focused specifically on the lampstands.

Then he made the ten golden lampstands in the way prescribed… (4:7).

the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary in the way prescribed; (4:20).

Lampstand: “4501. מְנוֹרָה menôrāh,  מְנֹרָה menōrāh: A feminine noun referring to a lampstand. It refers to a stand, not the candlestick itself. [emphasis added]” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

Jesus Christ claimed Himself the Way Prescribed.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).

And as we turn our attention to Jesus, we are reminded of His definition of the lampstand.

As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches,” (Revelation 1:20).

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this,” (Revelation 2:1).

In His Way Prescribed, Jesus Christ is the Light of the world.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life,” (John 8:12).

In His Way Prescribed, His Church is to be the Lampstand.

“…and the seven lampstands are the seven churches,” (Revelation 1:20).

Lampstand (New Testament Greek): “6.105 λυχνία, ας f: a stand designed to hold a single lamp or a series of lamps—‘stand.’ One may translate ‘lampstand’ as ‘something on which a lamp could be placed’ or ‘a place for putting lamps,’” Louw- Nida Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament.

Believers in Jesus Christ make up His church; and His church is called to be His lampstand. His lampstands are to hold His Light as they follow Him so others may see; to proclaim His truth to a world in darkness through words and actions that proclaim the message of the gospel; the truth of His Way Prescribed.

How do we respond to His Way Prescribed?

His Judgment, Legal Decision, Case and Claim are beyond dispute. But He has Prescribed what is Right and Righteous, through Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).

And when we place our faith in Him and believe His Prescribed Way for our salvation, we are no longer held under the legal claim against us but are granted His gift of eternal life.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).

It is His free gift, a gift that cannot be earned, that sets us free from the legal judgment earned by the wages of our sin.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 6:23).

Today, may we choose to be His lampstand, to let His light shine through us as we intentionally proclaim the message of the gospel; the truth of His Way Prescribed in Jesus Christ.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:14-16)

And let us commit to pray for our local churches; and that means believers everywhere. Jesus solemnly warned the church in Ephesus that they had a major issue.

“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love,” (Revelation 2:4).

Being His lampstand, allowing His light to shine through us, stems out of a love relationship with Him.

Today would be a good day, in the midst of the struggles and challenges thrust upon us by this health crisis, to go to our Great Physician for a spiritual heart checkup.

Let us ask Him, Lord Jesus am I living my life, right now in Your Way Prescribed?

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me…
(Psalm 139:23-24).

As He examines us, let’s be honest.

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments,” (John 14:15).

And if our check-up comes back with some needed recommendations from our Great Physician, oh that we would take Him seriously!

“Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent,” (Revelation 2:5).

Oh, that we would grow to love Him more and more, that we would continually live as His lampstand, that we would shine His Light and that He would receive all the glory as we live in His Way Prescribed.

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God, (Philippians 1:9-11).

Let’s Grow Together!

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