“And you shall command the Children of Israel, that they bring unto you pure olive oil beaten for the
light, to cause a lamp to burn continually. In the Tent of Meeting…Aharon and his sons shall set it in
order, to burn from evening to morning before God…”

This section’s opening paragraphs seem disjointed because they switch theme tracks. Note that the
lead verse talks about lighting the menorah before taking on the main subject – that of the priest’s
special clothing. How should readers relate to this zigzag?

Really, God’s command to Moshe regarding lighting the menorah was not intended as a divine order
whose time had arrived, but rather as a prophetic heads-up…’

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