|The "Lighting" of the Tabernacle Lamps
In Exodus 30:8, "And when Aaron lights (#5927) the lamps at twilight (between the two evenings), he
shall burn incense on it..."
Some early 14th Passover advocates have asked, “Why would Aaron light the lamps
between noon and sunset? Would he not light the lamps during twilight when it began to
grow dark?” Note the following Scriptures:
Leviticus 24.1-3, "Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying: 'Command the children of Israel that they
bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually.'"
Exodus 27.20, "And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed
olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually."
The lamps in the tabernacle were to burn CONTINUALLY! Moreover, why should they
not burn continually? Once the Levites erected the tabernacle, the only opening to the
outside was the one at the front of the Holy Place. There was a “flap-covering” there,
which was probably raised only when someone entered the tabernacle. The tabernacle
had no windows above or on the sides; rather, a double covering of tent-material covered
the tabernacle entirely. Even in the brightest of daylight, the tabernacle would have been
dark without light from the lamps inside.
What does Exodus 30:8 mean, "And when Aaron lights (#5927) the lamps”. In the KJV,
you will usually find a marginal reference for this word, which says – or, “setteth up”.
This word has several meanings in the original. It can mean, “to set up” as the KJV
margin indicates. One may use the word literally or figuratively. If its use in this verse is
literal, Aaron may have been raising the lamp to a higher level, to give more light in the
room at the time when the priests would be offering the evening sacrifice. However, as
the bible gives no details of this elsewhere Moses is probably using the word figuratively.
Aaron was probably adding oil to the lamp, adjusting and trimming the wick – setting it up
– until the next morning when he repeated that errand. He would have had to put out
each single lamp while doing these tasks by the light of those that remained lit. Then
Aaron would light the lamp again.
Exodus 30:7, "Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when he tends the lamps, he shall
burn incense on it."
It is obvious that he was not lighting the lamps for a dark room, for the lamps of the
tabernacle were to burn continually! God’s house was not to remain in darkness at