Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lamp Symbolism for Chrismons

An ancient Christian oil lamp with the initials of
 Christ (Chi-Rho) and two fish sculpted on it's surface.
         An oil lamp is an object used to produce light continuously for a period of time using an oil-based fuel source. The use of oil lamps began thousands of years ago and continues to this day, although not commonly anymore. Here there are two ancient oil lamp illustrations that you may use for Chrismon patterns. They are actual drawings of early Christian lamps.
       Early oil lamps were often used by Christians to symbolize the wisdom, enlightenment and spiritual knowledge gained by exposure to Christ's teaching.
This ancient lamp depicts a shepherd with a lamb over his shoulders
 and grapes surrounding the vignette. Both are examples of early
Christian art in Rome.

Antique bronze oil lamp with the "Chi Rho",
a Christian symbol (replica)
Scripture References for Lamp Chrismons:
  • "Thy word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path." Psalm 119:105 (NASB)
  • "the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has dawned." Matthew 4:16 (WEB)
  • "Then Jesus spoke out again, "I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 (NET Bible)
  • "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
    Ephesians 5:14 (KJB)
  • "And I have seen that wisdom excels folly as far as light excels darkness." Ecclesiastes 2:13 (Jubilee Bible 2000)
Amy Grant's song "Thy Word" is 
based upon Psalm 119:105 text.

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