Our Portion includes further job instructions to the Levites. Moshe was instructed to purify the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary. Four laws relating to the Cohanim are given. The restitution for stolen property, where the owner is deceased and has no next of kin, goes to the Cohanim.
If a man suspects his wife of being unfaithful, he brings her to the Cohanim for the Sotah, clarification ceremony.
If a person chooses to withdraw from the material world and consecrate himself exclusively to the service of the Lord by becoming a Nazir, he vows to not drink wine or eat grape products, may not come in contact with dead bodies and may not cut his hair. He must come to the Cohen at the completion of the vow.
The Cohanim were instructed to bless the people with this blessing, "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace."
The Mishkan is erected and dedicated on the first of Nissan in the second year after the Exodus. The leaders of each tribe jointly gave wagons and oxen to transport the Mishkan. During each of the twelve days of dedication, successively, each tribal prince (leader) gives gifts of gold and silver vessels, sacrificial animals and meal offerings. Every prince gives exactly the same gifts as every other prince.
The main theme of this portion is Peace, Shalom. First we see Peace within the family (the adulteress). Second we see Peace within the nation (Tribal leadership). Then we see Peace among all peoples (the Priestly blessing).
Today we see that the world lacks peace in that there are wars, rumors of wars, great climate upheavals in which many people are sufferings from famines, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, the like that has not been seen by this generation. Indeed the world groans for the peace that only Messiah will bring. Ephesians 2:14-16 tells us that Yeshua is our peace who destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, thus forming from many nations, One New Man. Let us all pray that the peace He preached; that is the peace to those who were far away and to those who were near, would be near!