June 11, 2018
Notes and References
Exodus 25:31-40, The golden lampstand, or menorah, in the tabernacle
Exodus 27:20-21, Perpetual light
Leviticus 24:3-4,Â The priests kept the wicks trimmed, the oil topped, and the lamps burning before the Lord continuously.
Exodus 28:29-30, Urim and Thummim in the HIgh Priestâ€™s breastplate of judgment. Urim = â€śLightsâ€ť and Thummim = â€śPerfect Truthsâ€ť both superlative plural
- Sirach 45:10, together the names mean something similar to â€śPerfect Knowledge.â€ť
- Numbers 27:21, used to consult God about His selection of leaders
- 1 Samuel 14:41, used to determine guilt or innocence
- Â Ezra 2:63, used to determine Godâ€™s will regarding returning captives
Other occurrences of â€ślightâ€ť in the Old Testament
- Genesis 1:1-5 â€“ light of creation
- Exodus 10:21-23 â€“ Egyptian plague of darkness in which only the Israelites had light
- Exodus 13:17-22 â€“ pillar of cloud and fire
- Â Psalm 27:1 â€“ the Lord is my Light and my salvation, or â€śsaving lightâ€ť
- Â Isaiah 60:19 â€“ â€śthe Lord will be to you an everlasting lightâ€ť
- Â Job 29:3 â€“ light in the darkness
- Â Micah 7:8 â€“ â€śGod will be a light to me.â€ť
John 8:12-59, In the Old Testament, light was synonomous with Godâ€™s presence, so when Jesus said â€śI am the Liight of the world,â€ť they understood He was claiming to be God.
John 7:2, Jesus made this claim at the Feast of Tabernacles.Â The first evening of the festival was called the â€śIllumination of the Templeâ€ť in which four great lampstands were set ablaze in the temple to symbolize the presence of God among them in the pillar of light through the wilderness.
John 1:1-14,Â Christâ€”Word and Light
Exodus 18:13-27, Jethro counsels Moses to form a tribunal to assist him in adjudicating for the people.Â Later, this judgment seat came to be known as The Chair of Moses, and the tribunal the Sanhedrin Court (Numbers 11:16-17).
Matthew 23:2,Â The Chair of Moses was a phrase used to signify the place of authority that the Scribes and Pharisees occupied in interpreting The Law and exercising authority over the Jewish people. Although they had become corrupt and spiritually dead, Jesus upheld their office of authority as a matter of obedience to God. Later, it because the Chair of Peter, cathedra.
Isaiah 22:15-25, To Peter, Jesus gave the â€śkeysâ€ť of administrative and governing responsibilities for his â€śhouse,â€ťÂ established him on a glorious â€śseatâ€ť (throne or chair) from which he would adjudicate (â€śopen and shutâ€ť), and made him a â€śfatherâ€ť to his people (pope, meaning papa): â€śYou are Peter [meaning rock] and upon this rock I will build my churchâ€¦â€ť ( Matt 16:17-19). The Church of history fulfills Isaiahâ€™s prophecy and upholds the office of Peterâ€™s chair
Revelation 1:12-13, The seven lampstands surrounding Jesus in the heavenly temple depict Jesus at the center of the institutional, Catholic priesthood. In the same way, the same seven lampstands radiating outwardly from the Light of the World depict the whole of the historical Church, led by the episcopacy, as the sacred illumination of the world.
CCC 89: â€śThere is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas. Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith.â€ť
Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism, Part Two, Chapter 8, The Light of Truth
Ignite, Chapters 6 & 7, The How of the Bible
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