The Hidden Meaning in the Menorah
While on Mount Sinai, Moses received the instructions concerning the building of the menorah, the seven-branch lampstand, according to the pattern which YHVH had shown him in Exo 25:31-40, in Num 8:2-4 its design was brought to realization: beaten work of pure gold, from its base to its blossoms.
We may think that while there were no windows inside the Tabernacle there was a need for the lights of the menorah. But we will suggest that the menorah might have had other purpose alluded to in its design in Exo 25:31-37, namely, to represent the Torah, as the source of heavenly light in the world.
The menorah has seven branches, eleven knobs, nine flowers, twenty-two goblets, and was seventeen handbreadths in height.
These otherwise plain numbers represent the five books of the Torah after the manner of their first verses:
- Genesis: the first verse in Gen 1:1 (in Hebrew) has: seven words,
- Exodus: the first verse of Exo 1:1 has 11 words,
- Leviticus: the first verse of Lev 1:1 has 9 words,
- Numbers: the first verse of Num 1:1 has 17 words, and
- Deuteronomy: the first verse of Deu 1:1 has 22 words.
We should also notice that the menorah has seven branches, just as King Messiah has the seven Ruchot (Spirits) of YHVH Elohim that rested upon him,
And a rod shall come forth from the stump of Yishai, and a sprout from his roots shall be fruitful. The Breath of Yehovah shall rest upon him – the Breath of wisdom and understanding, the Breath of counsel and might, the Breath of knowledge and of the awe of Yehovah, (Isa 11:1-2)
And when the Word of YHVH became flesh, he spoke to his disciples, saying,
I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall by no means walk in darkness, but possess the light of life. (Joh 8:12)
May we merit seeing the coming of our Mashiach speedily in our days.