Reflection on 1 Kings 7:49

“And the golden candlesticks, five on the right hand, and five on the left, over
against the oracle, of pure gold: and the flowers like lilies, and the lamps
over them of gold” (1 Kings 7:49-50)

Literal Sense: The temple contained ten golden candlesticks, five of them were on the right side of the Holy of Holies and the other five were on the left side of the Holy of holies.

Allegorical Sense: The candlesticks represent the various local churches in the world, as Revelation 2:5 indicates.  The fact that the candlesticks were covered in gold shows the value of all churches.  The five candlesticks that were on the right side indicates some local churches will persevere in the faith, while the five on the left indicates some local churches will fall away from the faith.

Moral Sense: If local churches can either persevere in the faith or fall away then the same is true of individual Christians.  This serves as a warning to those who are in Christ that each should “take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Anagogical Sense:  On the Day of Judgment some will be placed on the right side of Jesus while others on the left (Matthew 25:33).  Those on the right will be those who will enjoy Christ forever, while those on the left will be those who have rejected God’s love and will suffer in the Lake of Fire.

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