Don't Hide Your Light

Don’t Hide Your Light

“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” – Matthew 5:15 In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us not to hide our light under a bushel. Do you know what that means? If you’re not familiar with ancient oil lamps, the oil is put in the top opening and the wick is put in the other opening, which is similar to a candle. It was typical for desert homes back then to have fifteen to twenty oil lamps around the house at night. Getting these lamps to light could be challenging; it’s like trying to start a campfire without matches or lighters.  Whenever the last person of the house left for the evening, they would leave one lamp lit and cover it with a bushel, which was a container

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