- Paradox of mature person inside & immature person outside
- The Golden Lampstand is fashioned after the Almond Tree
- The meaning of the name of Rabbi Shaul (Paul) ben Benyamin
- The Olive Tree and the Golden Lampstand
- Zechariah’s fruit of Light
- The Good Works of the Spirit of Grace and Truth
Paradox of mature person inside & immature person outside:
Becoming a follower of the Messiah creates a paradox: After we are indwelt by the Spirit and are thereby fully matured in our spirits, we still exist as spiritual infants in our intellect, will, emotions, behavior and relational life. In this undeveloped state, a fully formed spiritual adult inside co-existing with an infant outside, we appear as if we are physically living in utero in our outward behavioral lives while at the same time we exist as fully formed adults inside our spirits.
This very embarrassing paradoxical state of having attained maturity in our spiritual being while remaining immature in our physical-relational being continues to be a problem until each believer is glorified (transformed into the likeness of the Beloved One, Yadid) at the day of resurrection. After we are miraculously changed on the day of resurrection every believer’s outward physical being and behavioral life will be just as sinless and perfect as our inward spiritual being is now in our spirits. Hence, believers are paradoxically (at the present time) both already fully grown adults, sons who no longer live under a tutor’s control and in utero infants, still waiting for Messiah to be fully “formed” in our conscious and behavioral life sufficient so that the world might be able to visibly see us for who we really are, the sons and daughters of Adonai Elohim.
This developmental paradox explains why the mental attitude and behavior of many of the followers of the Messiah does not harmonize with our avowed beliefs. It takes “time” for the new indwelling perfect eternal life of the Spirit of Holiness to develop and finally “manifest” in the imperfect temporal existence of our outer socially conditioned mental and behavioral life. In other words be very patient with yourself and others! It takes a considerable amount of time and personal sacrifice for an authentic follower of Messiah to be changed from the Inside-out. It takes time to get to where the hope that lies within us is finally fully matured in our mental being sufficient so that the life of Abba Avinu is actually manifested in us and through us out into the outside world for all to see.
The Golden Lampstand is fashioned after the Almond Tree:
Rabbi Shaul-Paul ben Benjamin uses the temple Golden Lampstand which describes the Messiah to illustrate the pattern the Holy Spirit uses to develop and perfect all believers: “Now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of the light (for the fruit of light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” The golden lampstand located in the Temple of our body (that belongs to Adonai Elohim) is fashioned after the Almond Tree.
The Messiah, therefore, is depicted as an “Almond Tree.” He is the tree of Life and Light. Messiah’s Tree of Life (His Spirit) Indwells the believer’s body. Since the Son of Elohim possesses the Holy Spirit and He may give the Holy Spirit as a gift to whomever He wills: It is the Holy Spirit who indwells, sustains, matures, and perfects the believer. In descending order of vertical prominence the “fruit of light” that manifests out of Messiah’s Tree of Life is described as Messiah’s goodness, righteousness and truth. Trees grow vertically and the golden lamp stand is fashioned after an almond tree that possesses three pairs of perfectly symmetrical branches.
The meaning of the name of Rabbi Shaul (Paul) ben Benyamin:
The meaning of Rabbi Shaul-Paul ben Benyamin’s name is a riddle. Historically Paul’s ancestor Saul (Shaul) was the first king of Israel. As the story goes in pride the Jewish people wanted to have a mortal king instead of Adonai as king, so that in their vanity they could be like the Gentiles (King Saul was this king). Hence, our proud and vain ancestors “Asked for” a new king to replace Adonai. This not only displeased the prophet Samuel (one who lit. Hears Elohim) but it greatly displeased Adonai. Hence the riddle.
Shaul means ‘Asked for.’ Therefore, just as the proud people of Israel Asked for a new king to replace Adonai, so now Adonai has Asked for a new Humble people of Israel to replace the old. The name Paul means Humble (lit. Little). The ancestral (tribal) name Benjamin means “Son of My Right Hand.”
So the hidden meaning of the riddle is: Just as the proud Israel of the past asked for and received a new king to replace Adonai, so now Adonai has asked for and replaced our proud ancestors with a new humble people of this present generation of Israel whom He has chosen to be and become the Son of His Right Hand.
The Olive Tree and the Golden Lampstand:
וישב המלאך הדבר בי ויעירני כאיש אשר־יעור משנתו׃ ויאמר אלי מה אתה ראה [ויאמר כ] (ואמר ק) ראיתי ׀ והנה מנורת זהב כלה וגלה על־ראשה ושבעה נרתיה עליה שבעה ושבעה מוצקות לנרות אשר על־ראשה׃ ושנים זיתים עליה אחד מימין הגלה ואחד על־שמאלה׃ ואען ואמר אל־המלאך הדבר בי לאמר מה־אלה אדני׃ ויען המלאך הדבר בי ויאמר אלי הלוא ידעת מה־המה אלה ואמר לא אדני׃ ויען ויאמר אלי לאמר זה דבר־ה’ אל־זרבבל לאמר לא בחיל ולא בכח כי אם־ברוחי אמר ה’ צבאות׃ מי־אתה הר־הגדול לפני זרבבל למישר והוציא את־האבן הראשה תשאות חן חן לה׃ ויהי דבר־ה’ אלי לאמר׃ ידי זרבבל יסדו הבית הזה וידיו תבצענה וידעת כי־ה’ צבאות שלחני אליכם׃ כי מי בז ליום קטנות ושמחו וראו את־האבן הבדיל ביד זרבבל שבעה־אלה עיני ה’ המה משוטטים בכל־הארץ׃
וַיָּשָׁב הַמַּלְאָךְ הַדֹּבֵר בִּי וַיְעִירֵנִי כְּאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר־יֵעֹור מִשְּׁנָתֹֽו׃ וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵלַ֔י מָ֥ה אַתָּ֖ה רֹאֶ֑ה [וַיֹּאמֶר כ] (וָאֹמַ֡ר ק) רָאִ֣יתִי ׀ וְהִנֵּ֣ה מְנֹורַת֩ זָהָ֨ב כֻּלָּ֜הּ וְגֻלָּ֣הּ עַל־רֹאשָׁ֗הּ וְשִׁבְעָ֤ה נֵרֹתֶ֙יהָ֙ עָלֶ֔יהָ שִׁבְעָ֤ה וְשִׁבְעָה֙ מֽוּצָקֹ֔ות לַנֵּרֹ֖ות אֲשֶׁ֥ר עַל־רֹאשָֽׁהּ׃ וּשְׁנַ֥יִם זֵיתִ֖ים עָלֶ֑יהָ אֶחָד֙ מִימִ֣ין הַגֻּלָּ֔ה וְאֶחָ֖ד עַל־שְׂמֹאלָֽהּ׃ וָאַ֙עַן֙ וָֽאֹמַ֔ר אֶל־הַמַּלְאָ֛ךְ הַדֹּבֵ֥ר בִּ֖י לֵאמֹ֑ר מָה־אֵ֖לֶּה אֲדֹנִֽי׃ וַ֠יַּעַן הַמַּלְאָ֞ךְ הַדֹּבֵ֥ר בִּי֙ וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵלַ֔י הֲלֹ֥וא יָדַ֖עְתָּ מָה־הֵ֣מָּה אֵ֑לֶּה וָאֹמַ֖ר לֹ֥א אֲדֹנִֽי׃ וַיַּ֜עַן וַיֹּ֤אמֶר אֵלַי֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר זֶ֚ה דְּבַר־ה’ אֶל־זְרֻבָּבֶ֖ל לֵאמֹ֑ר לֹ֤א בְחַ֙יִל֙ וְלֹ֣א בְכֹ֔חַ כִּ֣י אִם־בְּרוּחִ֔י אָמַ֖ר ה’ צְבָאֹֽות׃ מִֽי־אַתָּ֧ה הַֽר־הַגָּדֹ֛ול לִפְנֵ֥י זְרֻבָּבֶ֖ל לְמִישֹׁ֑ר וְהֹוצִיא֙ אֶת־הָאֶ֣בֶן הָרֹאשָׁ֔ה תְּשֻׁאֹ֕ות חֵ֥ן חֵ֖ן לָֽהּ׃ וַיְהִ֥י דְבַר־ה’ אֵלַ֥י לֵאמֹֽר׃ יְדֵ֣י זְרֻבָּבֶ֗ל יִסְּד֛וּ הַבַּ֥יִת הַזֶּ֖ה וְיָדָ֣יו תְּבַצַּ֑עְנָה וְיָ֣דַעְתָּ֔ כִּֽי־ה’ צְבָאֹ֖ות שְׁלָחַ֥נִי אֲלֵיכֶֽם׃ כִּ֣י מִ֣י בַז֮ לְיֹ֣ום קְטַנֹּות֒ וְשָׂמְח֗וּ וְרָא֞וּ אֶת־הָאֶ֧בֶן הַבְּדִ֛יל בְּיַ֥ד זְרֻבָּבֶ֖ל שִׁבְעָה־אֵ֑לֶּה עֵינֵ֣י ה’ הֵ֥מָּה מְשֹׁוטְטִ֖ים בְּכָל־הָאָֽרֶץ׃
Then the angel who had been talking with me returned and woke me, as though I had been asleep. “What do you see now?” he asked. I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl of oil on top of it. Around the bowl are seven lamps, each one having seven spouts with wicks. And I see two olive trees, one on each side of the bowl.” Then I asked the angel, “What are these, my lord? What do they mean?” “Don’t you know?” the angel asked. “No, my lord,” I replied. Then he said to me, “This is what Adonai (ה’) says to Zerubbabel: It is not by power nor by might, but by my Spirit, says Adonai Almighty. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will flatten out before him! Then Zerubbabel will set the final stone of the Temple in place, and the people will shout: ‘May Elohim bless it! May Elohim bless it!'” Then another message came to me from Adonai: “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that Adonai Elohim has sent me. Do not despise these small beginnings, for Adonai rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. For these seven lamps represent the eyes of Adonai that search all around the world.” Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on each side of the lampstand, and what are the two olive branches that pour out golden oil through two gold tubes?” “Don’t you know?” he asked. “No, my lord,” I replied. Then he said to me, “They represent the two anointed ones who assist Adonai of all the earth” (Zechariah 4:1-14).
Zechariah’s fruit of Light:
The Olive Tree is a symbol of the work of the Holy Spirit through the life/lives of Israel, the Messiah, and those believing Gentiles who are grafted, by faith, into the Commonwealth of Israel.
Olive oil is a symbol of the works of the Holy Spirit.
Faith comes through hearing, understanding, and obeying (Hebrew: shama; Aramaic: shema) the Torah of the one true Adonai Elohim, the Eternal-Almighty One, as spoken by the prophet Moses and fulfilled by His Beloved Son, the Messiah Yeshua. In Zechariah 4:1-14, Adonai Elohim’s invisible tree covering for the Golden Lampstand (a type of the Tree of Life) is clearly revealed to be the “Olive Tree.” Adonai’s covering of His glorious presence by Messiah and redeemed humanity will be accomplished by the two offices of Priest and King (symbolized by the “two olive trees” in Zechariah’s vision).
The Crown of Glory:
The Crown of Glory #1. The Spirit of Grace and Truth is building up a nation of kings and priests (Israel and the Commonwealth of Israel) to produce the fruit of light, the fruit of Goodness, Righteousness and Truth. The ministry of this international nation of kings and priests is composed of both redeemed Jews and Gentiles.
The Crown of Glory #2. The sacred “Union” of the Almond Tree (Golden Lampstand) with the fruit of the Olive Tree (olive oil) reveals the existence of the true “Crown of Glory” that rests upon the Head of the Divine Presence of the Eternal One, our Creator. This Divine Presence and Crown of Glory casts a rainbow of olive colored light around the entire throne of the Holy One, who is our Father who dwells in heaven.
The Crown of Glory #3. The Olive Tree is the true beautiful tree that “Covers,” whose fruit anoints the Head of the Lord, our Adonai Elohim, who is the Sovereign One of the Universe (Adonai Eloheinu, Melekh Ha Olam).
The Good Works of the Spirit of Grace and Truth:
Therefore, the Olive Tree and its sacred fruit are a symbol of the works of the Spirit of Grace and Truth that are produced, harvested and refined from the lives of redeemed humankind (Israel and the Commonwealth of Israel). These works of the Holy One that are produced in our people is poured out upon the Head of the only Begotten Son the one whom Adonai Eloheinu blesses forever (Ha-Adonai Elohim Hamvorakh L’Olam Va’ed).
This uniting of the fruit of the Olive Tree with the Almond Tree (Light of the Golden Lampstand) gives forth the brilliant illumination of the “Fruit of Light” that lights up the Temple of the Father of Lights (Avi HaMe’orot). These good works of the Spirit of Grace and Truth that are manifested through Adonai’s children (Israel) is His eternal regal crown of glory that is placed on the Head of His Beloved Son, the Crown of His Glory.