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QQC--Did it Ever Catch Fire?

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 25:31-40

The average gold bar weights 27.4 pounds.
Less than three bars of gold were used to make the lampstand.
It must have been small and delicate.

A lampstand was made for the first, main room of the tabernacle.  It was made from 75 pounds of solid gold.  The seven lamps on the stand were fueled by olive oil and were to be kept burning from evening till morning. (Leviticus 24:1-3)  The tabernacle was never to be dark but always filled with light and when the lamps were burning, there was always a priest in attendance. (Leviticus 24:4)  Some of the priests had to work night shifts!

That fire could be dangerous!
What if the priest on watch fell asleep?

Fire inside a tent is always a potential hazard.  At camp meetings when I was a child, most everyone stayed in large, canvas army tents and, because there was no power available, candles were often used in the evenings.  I remember more than once a tent catching fire.  Did that ever happen to the tabernacle, I wonder.


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