Terumah (Offerings)

I Kings 5: (12) 26-6:13

Mathew 5:33-37

Hebrews 9:1-10


The people of Israel are called upon to contribute materials for the building of the Tabernacle: gold, silver, copper, blue, purple and red-dyed wool, flax, goat hair, animal skins, wood, olive oil, spices and gems out of which, GOD says to Moses, "They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, and I shall dwell amidst them."


On the summit of Mount Sinai, Moses is given detailed instructions on how to construct this dwelling for GOD so that it could be readily dismantled, transported and reassembled as the people journeyed in the desert.


In the Sanctuary's inner chamber, behind an artistically woven curtain, was the Ark containing the Tablets of Testimony engraved with the Ten Commandments; on the Ark's cover stood two winged cherubim hammered out of pure gold. In the outer chamber stood the seven-branched Menorah and the Table upon which the "showbread" was arranged.


The Sanctuary's three walls were fitted together from 48 upright wooden boards, each of which was overlaid with gold and held up by a pair of silver foundation sockets. The roof was formed of three layers of coverings: tapestries of multi-colored wool and linen; a covering made of goat-hair; a covering of ram and seal skins. Across the front of the Sanctuary was an embroidered screen held up by five posts.


Surrounding the Sanctuary and the copper-plated Altar which fronted it was an enclosure of linen hangings, supported by 60 wooden posts with silver hooks and trimmings and reinforced by copper stakes.


Here we read that GOD wants to dwell among His people and instructs Moses to build the tabernacle according to the pattern he was given, just as David later was given the pattern for the Temple in Jerusalem (1 Chron.28:19-21).


Shaul tells us in 1Cor.3:9-23, that we also are GOD's building, built upon the foundation of Messiah Yeshua. We must therefore not turn from His pattern, the plan GOD has for us as His people. We must not turn towards the wisdom of this world!


The world would have us view our bodies as owned by ourselves, and no one has a right to tell us how to use it. They are to be used as we please. As something to be discarded at death, needed no more.


GOD would have us view our bodies as the temple of the Ruach [Spirit]. As belonging to Him, purchased at a price. As an instrument through which we are to glorify Him. As that which will be redeemed, when raised and given immortality as a spiritual body for the soul.


Indeed, our bodies are gifts from GOD of which we must be wise stewards. Are we using our bodies in ways that glorify Him? ...therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1Co 6:20).


Shavua Tov,


Rabbi Z.

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