"You are Ohr ha-Olam (the light of the world)."
Messiah Yeshua said in the Sermon on the Mount:
Matt 5:14 You are
Ohr ha-Olam (the light of the world). A city that is set on an hill cannot be
Matt 5:15 Neither do men light menorah (a lamp), and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Matt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Why does Yeshua say to his talmidim: "You are Ohr ha-Olam (the light of the world)"?
Isaiah 49:6 And He said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be My salvation unto the end of the earth.
These lines are about:
- Messiah Yeshua;
Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Yeshua said in Hoshana Raba (the last day, the great day of Sukkot):
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
In the courtyard of the Temple there were gold menorahs. People saw shine of the light. Yeshua opened the spiritual sense of this light: "... I am the light of the world..."
In Exod.25, Lev.24 we read about menorah:
"And thou shalt make menorah (a candlestick) [of] pure gold: [of] beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, [with] a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, [with] a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. And in the candlestick [shall be] four bowls made like unto almonds, [with] their knops and their flowers. And [there shall be] a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it [shall be] one beaten work [of] pure gold. And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, [shall be of] pure gold. [Of] a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. And look that thou make [them] after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount." (Exod 25:31-40)
Lev 24:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 24:2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.
Lev 24:3 Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: [it shall be] a statute for ever in your generations.
In the First Temple there were 10 menorahs:
1Kings 7:49 And menorahs (the candlesticks) of pure gold, five on the right [side], and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs [of] gold,
Shaul says we need be like LIGHTS (MENORAHS) in the world.
Phil 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world;