The menorah (seven-branch lamp stand) is the only symbol in either Judaism or Christianity that was designed by God himself. Originally, the menorah was a magnificent, highly decorated appliance of pure gold that was the only light in the Tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 25:31; 35:14-19). The menorah is a symbol of the Word of God (Psalm 119:105). As such, it demonstrates the truth that God's light always illuminates the lives of his people and frees them from darkness and confusion. The menorah is also a symbol of the Messiah and the people of Israel whom God commissioned to be a "light to lighten the nations, and for salvation to the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 42:6; Luke 2:32).