Weekly Torah Readings: Vayak’hel – March 1, 2019

Vayak’hel

Exodus 35:1 – 38:20

35.1. And Moses assembled the whole congregation of the children of Israel together and said to them, “These are the words which the LORD* has commanded, that you should do them. 2. Six days will work be done, but on the seventh day there will be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD*: whoever does work on it will be put to death. 3. You will kindle no fire throughout your habitations on Sabbath.” 4. And Moses spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel saying, “This is the thing which the LORD* commanded saying, 5. Take from among you an offering to the LORD*. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering for the LORD*; gold, silver, bronze, 6. blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair, 7. rams’ skins dyed red, badgers’ skins, acacia, 8. oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, for the sweet incense, 9. onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate. 10. And every wise-hearted among you will come and make all that the LORD* has commanded; 11. the Tabernacle, its Tent and its covering, its hooks, its boards, its bars, its pillars, its sockets, 12. the Ark, its poles, the cover, the veil of the covering, 13. the table and its poles, all its vessels, the showbread, 14. the menorah also for the light, its furniture, its lamps with the oil for the light, 15. the incense altar, its poles, the anointing oil, the sweet incense, the hanging for the door at the entrance of the Tabernacle, 16. the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grate, its poles, all its vessels, the laver and its base, 17. the hangings of the court, its pillars and their sockets, the hanging for the door of the court, 18. the pegs of the Tabernacle, the pegs of the court and their cords, 19. the crocheted garments, to do service in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons to minister in the priest’s office.”

35:20. And the entire congregation of the children of Israel left from the presence of Moses. 21. And they came, each one whose heart stirred him up and each one whose spirit made him willing, and they brought the LORD’s* offering for the work of the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. 22. And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, bringing bracelets, earrings, rings, and beads, all jewels of gold: each person who offered an offering of gold to the LORD*. 23. And every person with whom was found blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair, red skins of rams, and badgers’ skins, brought them. 24. Everyone that did offer an offering of silver and bronze brought the LORD’s* offering and every man with whom was found acacia wood for any work of the service, brought it. 25. And all the women who were wise-hearted spun with their hands and brought that which they had spun, of blue, of purple, of scarlet, and of fine linen. 26. And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair. 27. And the leaders brought onyx stones and stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate, 28. and spice and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense. 29. The children of Israel brought a willing offering to the LORD*, every man and woman whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the LORD* had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.

Work Begins on the Tabernacle

35:30. And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the LORD* has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31. and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 32. and to devise astute works, to work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 33. and in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of skillful work. 34. And he has put in his heart so he can teach, both he and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. 35. He has filled them with wisdom of heart to work all manner of work, of the engraver and of the skillful workman, and of the embroiderer in blue, in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, of those who do any work and of those who devise skillful work.” 36.1. Then Bezalel will make and Aholiab, and every wise-hearted man in whom the LORD* put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the Sanctuary, according to all that the LORD* had commanded.

36:2. And Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab and every wise-hearted man, in whose heart the LORD* had put wisdom, even everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to the work to do it: 3. and they took the entire offering of Moses, which the children of Israel had brought to make everything for the work of the service of the Sanctuary. And they still brought freewill offerings to him every morning. 4. And all the wise men who wrought all the work of the Sanctuary every man came from his work which they made 5. and they spoke to Moses saying, “The people are bringing much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD* commanded to make.” 6. Then Moses gave a command, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp saying, “Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the Sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing. 7. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, even too much.

36:8. And all the wise-hearted among them who were doing the work of the Tabernacle made ten curtains of fine woven linen, blue, purple, and scarlet: they made them with cherubim of skillful work. 9. The length of one curtain was twenty-eight cubits and the breadth of one curtain four cubits. The curtains were all of one size. 10. And he joined the five curtains to one another and the other five curtains he joined to one another. 11. And he made loops of blue on the edge of one curtain from the selvage in the coupling. Likewise he made in the uttermost side of another curtain, in the coupling of the second. 12. He made fifty loops in one curtain and he made fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which was joined to the second: the loops held one curtain to another. 13. And he made fifty hooks of gold and joined the curtains to one another with the hooks, so it became one Tabernacle.

36:14. And he made curtains of goats’ hair for the Tent over the Tabernacle: he made eleven curtains. 15. The length of one curtain was thirty cubits and the breadth of one curtain was four cubits: the eleven curtains were of one size. 16. And he joined five curtains by themselves and six curtains by themselves. 17. And he made fifty loops on the uttermost edge of the curtain in the coupling and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain which joined the second. 18. And he made fifty bronze hooks to join the tent together so it would be one. 19. And he made a covering for the Tent of rams’ skins dyed red and a covering of badgers’ skins above that.

36:20. And he made boards for the Tabernacle of acacia, standing up. 21. The length of a board was ten cubits and the breadth of a board one cubit and a half. 22. One board had two pegs, equally distant one from another: thus he made for all the boards of the Tabernacle. 23. And he made boards for the Tabernacle; twenty boards for the south side southward. 24. And he made forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards, two sockets under one board for its two pegs and two sockets under another board for its two pegs. 25. And for the other side of the Tabernacle, which is toward the north corner, he made twenty boards, 26. and their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board and two sockets under another board. 27. And for the westward sides of the Tabernacle he made six boards. 28. And he made two boards for the corners of the Tabernacle on the two sides. 29. And they were joined beneath and joined together at its head to one ring: he did this to both of them in both the corners. 30. And there were eight boards and their sockets were sixteen sockets of silver, two sockets under every board.

36:31. And he made bars of acacia wood, five for the boards of the one side of the Tabernacle, 32. and five bars for the boards of the other side of the Tabernacle and five bars for the boards of the Tabernacle for the sides westward. 33. And he made the middle bar to slide through the boards from the one end to the other. 34. And he overlaid the boards with gold and made their rings of gold to be places for the bars and overlaid the bars with gold.

36:35. And he made a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet, fine woven linen. He made it with cherubim of skillful work. 36. And he made for it four pillars of acacia, and overlaid them with gold: their hooks were of gold and he cast for them four sockets of silver.

36:37. And he made a hanging for the Tabernacle door of blue, purple, and scarlet, fine woven linen, of needlework. 38. And its five pillars with their hooks and he overlaid their capitals and their joints with gold, but their five sockets were of bronze.

The Ark

37.1. And Bezalel made the Ark of acacia wood: its length was two and a half cubits, its width a cubit and a half, and its height a cubit and a half. 2. And he overlaid the inside and the outside with pure gold and made a crown of gold for it all around. 3. And he cast four rings of gold for it, for its four corners; even two rings on the one side of it and two rings on the other side of it. 4. And he made poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold. 5. And he put the poles into the rings by the sides of the Ark, to carry the Ark.

37:6. And he made the cover of pure gold: its length was two cubits and a half and its width one cubit and a half. 7. And he made two cherubim of gold, he made them beaten out of one piece, on the two ends of the cover, 8. one cherub on the end on this side and another cherub on the end on that side; he made the cherubim on the two ends of the cover. 9. And the cherubim spread out their wings on high and covered the cover with their wings, with their faces one to another, the faces of the cherubim were toward the cover.

37:10. And he made the table of acacia: its length was two cubits and its width a cubit and its height a cubit and a half, 11. and he overlaid it with pure gold and made for it a crown of gold all around. 12. Also he made for it a border of a handbreadth all around it and made a crown of gold for the border all around it. 13. And he cast four rings of gold for it and put the rings upon the four corners that were in its four feet. 14. The rings were against the border, the places for the poles to bear the table. 15. And he made the poles of acacia, and overlaid them with gold to bear the table. 16. And he made the vessels which were on the table, its dishes, its spoons, its purifying vessels, and its bowls for pouring, of pure gold.

The Menorah

37:17. And he made the menorah of pure gold: he made the menorah of beaten work; its shaft, its branch, its bowls, its knobs, and its flowers were of the same 18. and six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the menorah out of the one side of it and three branches of the menorah out of its other side. 19. Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knob and a flower and three bowls made like almonds in another branch, a knob and a flower; so throughout the six branches going out of the menorah. 20. And in the menorah were four bowls made like almonds, its knobs, and its flowers 21. and a knob under two branches of the same, and a knob under two branches of the same, and a knob under two branches of the same, according to the six branches going out of it. 22. Their knobs and their branches were of the same: all of it was one beaten work of pure gold. 23. And he made its seven lamps, its snuffers, and its snuff-dishes, of pure gold. 24. He made it and all its vessels with a talent of pure gold.

The Incense Altar

37:25. And he made the incense altar of acacia: its length was a cubit and its width a cubit. It was four-square and its height was two cubits, its horns were of the same. 26. And he overlaid it with pure gold, its top and its sides all around, and its horns: he also made a crown of gold all around for it. 27. And he made two rings of gold for it under its crown, by its two corners, on both sides, to be places for the poles to bear it. 28. And he made the poles of acacia and overlaid them with gold.

37:29. And he made the holy anointing oil and the pure incense of sweet spices according to the work of the perfumer.

The Altar

38.1. And he made the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood. Its length was five cubits and its breadth five cubits. It was four-square and its height three cubits. 2. And he made its horns on its four corners, its horns were from it, and he overlaid it with bronze. 3. And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, the shovels, the basins, the fleshhooks, and the fire-pans: he made all its vessels of bronze. 4. And he made for the altar a bronze grate of netting under its border to its center. 5. And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of bronze, to be places for the poles. 6. And he made the poles of acacia and overlaid them with bronze 7. and he put the poles into the rings on the sides of the altar to carry it. He made the altar hollow with boards.

The Laver

38:8. And he made the laver of bronze and its foot of bronze, from the mirrors of the women who gathered at the door of the Tent of Meeting.

The Court

38:9. And he made the court, on the south side southward the hangings of the court were fine woven linen, a hundred cubits. 10. There were twenty pillars and twenty bronze sockets; the hooks of the pillars and their bands were of silver, 11. and for the north side the hangings were a hundred cubits, twenty pillars and twenty bronze sockets, the hooks of the pillars and their bands were silver. 12. And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits with ten pillars and ten sockets, the hooks of the pillars and their bands of silver. 13. And for the east side eastward fifty cubits. 14. The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits with three pillars and three sockets. 15. And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits, their pillars three and their sockets three. 16. All the hangings of the court all around were of fine woven linen. 17. And the sockets for the pillars were bronze, the hooks of the pillars and the platings were silver and the overlaying of their capitals was silver and all the pillars of the court were plated with silver.

38:18. And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework; blue, purple, scarlet, and fine woven linen, and the length was twenty cubits and the height and the breadth were five cubits, corresponding to the hangings of the court. 19. And there were four pillars and their four bronze sockets, their hooks silver and the overlaying of their capitals and their platings of silver. 20. And all the pegs of the Tabernacle and of the court all around were bronze. (Click to Source)

 

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Torah Commentary – Vayak’hel – “And assembled” – Breaking the 80/20 Rule – SCRIPTURES FOR March 2, 2019

Vayak’hel”And assembled”
Exodus 35:1-38:20
1 Kings 7:51-8:21
Romans 1-5
Breaking the 80/20 Rule
It has been said that twenty percent of the people in the world do eighty percent of the work, while eighty percent of the people just sit around and watch them work. Based on my observations of people through the years I would say this may be a bit optimistic. This may be fine though for the world because they really do not have a purpose or a destination to give thought to. What happens though when this statistical rule affects the people of Elohim?
Ask yourself a few questions before we go on. Have you made the choice to be a part of the Kingdom of The Almighty? If so, are you made in His image? Do you think for a moment that He created you and called you to just take up space and suck in oxygen everyday? Do you think that maybe if He went to all the trouble to create you, call you and redeem you that He has a purpose and a plan for your life? Do you think you should, as a follower of The Most High be part of the eighty percent who do nothing of value in the world or part of the maybe less than twenty percent who work to make a difference? I think the answer is quite clear!
One reason many people never do anything is because they have not been told they have a purpose in life or if they have a clue about this they are not sure how to get going. They have never been instructed in how to take that first step. In the wilderness, HaShem took care of this with specific plans for a tabernacle they could build. The people had specific plans and instructions and on a daily basis could see the work and progress taking place before them. Today our job is a bit harder to envision. We do not always see the fruit of the labor on a daily basis and can at times loose track of the importance of the task at hand. This is one of the reasons many people never make it on board; they cannot see and envision the importance of the task.
There is another group who never get involved. They sit on the sidelines for a wide variety of reasons. They may be lazy, self-centered, selfish of just down right unconcerned about what happens around them. The world is all about them, their blessings, their “Getting Fed”, or some other self-envolved excuse. They live by the motto, “Bless me and mine, us four and no more.” If you are part of this crowd you are probably not reading this commentary so I am not going to spend much time talking about them. In the end they are a waste of time anyway.
I do however want to address many people who are kind of caught in the middle of the 80/20 rule. You are not part of the workers and givers that Moses knew, but you desire is to do something. You are just not sure what to do. Let me give you some help. How do you get started? You get started the same way you drive a car, by starting it and putting it in drive. Many never do anything because they are afraid of starting or they are waiting for someone else to start it for them. Go ahead and take the chance by deciding to do something! Need some help with ideas, read on.
Moses worked with a group who were willing to work. Ask yourself before you go on if you have a willing heart. If you have read this far the answer is probably yes. Now find somehow that you can bless someone today. Hold a door open at a store for someone or give a dollar to that person holding the sign on the corner. Yes, they may be a scam, but it may be the test is not for them, but for you. How about calling the leader of the congregation you attend and asking what work needs to be done. If cleaning the restroom is beneath your thoughts, it may be that is just where you need to begin.
Of course I cannot write this without a word on giving. This is where some will decide to stop reading because they have more important things to do. If you are that person it is you I am writing to. On a weekly basis so many people listen to Internet Radio, Video Streams and the like, but have never given on dime to help with the expenses of these teachings. People think just because it is free for them that it is free to the person or ministry that provides it. Nothing could be farther from the truth. If you are receiving blessing from a ministry today, you need to help keep it going, not so you can continue to receive, but because it is the right thing to do.
Moses broke the 80/20 rule in the wilderness and the end result was a Tabernacle erected for The Almighty to dwell in. Just think what we could do together if we each decided to do what we could personally do and break that rule again? (Click to Source)

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Weekly Torah Portion – the One New Man Bible – Vayak’hel – Exodus 35:1 – 38:20 – March 10, 2018

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35.1. And Moses assembled the whole congregation of the children of Israel together and said to them, “These are the words which the LORD* has commanded, that you should do them. 2. Six days will work be done, but on the seventh day there will be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD*: whoever does work on it will be put to death. 3. You will kindle no fire throughout your habitations on Sabbath.”

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4. And Moses spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel saying, “This is the thing which the LORD* commanded saying, 5. Take from among you an offering to the LORD*. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering for the LORD*; gold, silver, bronze, 6. blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair, 7. rams’ skins dyed red, badgers’ skins, acacia, 8. oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, for the sweet incense, 9. onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate. 10. And every wise-hearted among you will come and make all that the LORD* has commanded; 11. the Tabernacle, its Tent and its covering, its hooks, its boards, its bars, its pillars, its sockets, 12. the Ark, its poles, the cover, the veil of the covering, 13. the table and its poles, all its vessels, the showbread, 14. the menorah also for the light, its furniture, its lamps with the oil for the light, 15. the incense altar, its poles, the anointing oil, the sweet incense, the hanging for the door at the entrance of the Tabernacle, 16. the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grate, its poles, all its vessels, the laver and its base, 17. the hangings of the court, its pillars and their sockets, the hanging for the door of the court, 18. the pegs of the Tabernacle, the pegs of the court and their cords, 19. the crocheted garments, to do service in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons to minister in the priest’s office.”

35:20. And the entire congregation of the children of Israel left from the presence of Moses. 21. And they came, each one whose heart stirred him up and each one whose spirit made him willing, and they brought the LORD’s* offering for the work of the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. 22. And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, bringing bracelets, earrings, rings, and beads, all jewels of gold: each person who offered an offering of gold to the LORD*. 23. And every person with whom was found blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair, red skins of rams, and badgers’ skins, brought them. 24. Everyone that did offer an offering of silver and bronze brought the LORD’s* offering and every man with whom was found acacia wood for any work of the service, brought it. 25. And all the women who were wise-hearted spun with their hands and brought that which they had spun, of blue, of purple, of scarlet, and of fine linen. 26. And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair. 27. And the leaders brought onyx stones and stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate, 28. and spice and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense. 29. The children of Israel brought a willing offering to the LORD*, every man and woman whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the LORD* had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.

Work Begins on the Tabernacle

35:30. And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the LORD* has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31. and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 32. and to devise astute works, to work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 33. and in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of skillful work. 34. And he has put in his heart so he can teach, both he and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. 35. He has filled them with wisdom of heart to work all manner of work, of the engraver and of the skillful workman, and of the embroiderer in blue, in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, of those who do any work and of those who devise skillful work.” 36.1. Then Bezalel will make and Aholiab, and every wise-hearted man in whom the LORD* put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the Sanctuary, according to all that the LORD* had commanded.

36:2. And Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab and every wise-hearted man, in whose heart the LORD* had put wisdom, even everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to the work to do it: 3. and they took the entire offering of Moses, which the children of Israel had brought to make everything for the work of the service of the Sanctuary. And they still brought freewill offerings to him every morning. 4. And all the wise men who wrought all the work of the Sanctuary every man came from his work which they made 5. and they spoke to Moses saying, “The people are bringing much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD* commanded to make.” 6. Then Moses gave a command, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp saying, “Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the Sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing. 7. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, even too much.

36:8. And all the wise-hearted among them who were doing the work of the Tabernacle made ten curtains of fine woven linen, blue, purple, and scarlet: they made them with cherubim of skillful work. 9. The length of one curtain was twenty-eight cubits and the breadth of one curtain four cubits. The curtains were all of one size. 10. And he joined the five curtains to one another and the other five curtains he joined to one another. 11. And he made loops of blue on the edge of one curtain from the selvage in the coupling. Likewise he made in the uttermost side of another curtain, in the coupling of the second. 12. He made fifty loops in one curtain and he made fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which was joined to the second: the loops held one curtain to another. 13. And he made fifty hooks of gold and joined the curtains to one another with the hooks, so it became one Tabernacle.

36:14. And he made curtains of goats’ hair for the Tent over the Tabernacle: he made eleven curtains. 15. The length of one curtain was thirty cubits and the breadth of one curtain was four cubits: the eleven curtains were of one size. 16. And he joined five curtains by themselves and six curtains by themselves. 17. And he made fifty loops on the uttermost edge of the curtain in the coupling and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain which joined the second. 18. And he made fifty bronze hooks to join the tent together so it would be one. 19. And he made a covering for the Tent of rams’ skins dyed red and a covering of badgers’ skins above that.

36:20. And he made boards for the Tabernacle of acacia, standing up. 21. The length of a board was ten cubits and the breadth of a board one cubit and a half. 22. One board had two pegs, equally distant one from another: thus he made for all the boards of the Tabernacle. 23. And he made boards for the Tabernacle; twenty boards for the south side southward. 24. And he made forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards, two sockets under one board for its two pegs and two sockets under another board for its two pegs. 25. And for the other side of the Tabernacle, which is toward the north corner, he made twenty boards, 26. and their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board and two sockets under another board. 27. And for the westward sides of the Tabernacle he made six boards. 28. And he made two boards for the corners of the Tabernacle on the two sides. 29. And they were joined beneath and joined together at its head to one ring: he did this to both of them in both the corners. 30. And there were eight boards and their sockets were sixteen sockets of silver, two sockets under every board.

36:31. And he made bars of acacia wood, five for the boards of the one side of the Tabernacle, 32. and five bars for the boards of the other side of the Tabernacle and five bars for the boards of the Tabernacle for the sides westward. 33. And he made the middle bar to slide through the boards from the one end to the other. 34. And he overlaid the boards with gold and made their rings of gold to be places for the bars and overlaid the bars with gold.

36:35. And he made a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet, fine woven linen. He made it with cherubim of skillful work. 36. And he made for it four pillars of acacia, and overlaid them with gold: their hooks were of gold and he cast for them four sockets of silver.

36:37. And he made a hanging for the Tabernacle door of blue, purple, and scarlet, fine woven linen, of needlework. 38. And its five pillars with their hooks and he overlaid their capitals and their joints with gold, but their five sockets were of bronze.

The Ark

37.1. And Bezalel made the Ark of acacia wood: its length was two and a half cubits, its width a cubit and a half, and its height a cubit and a half. 2. And he overlaid the inside and the outside with pure gold and made a crown of gold for it all around. 3. And he cast four rings of gold for it, for its four corners; even two rings on the one side of it and two rings on the other side of it. 4. And he made poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold. 5. And he put the poles into the rings by the sides of the Ark, to carry the Ark.

37:6. And he made the cover of pure gold: its length was two cubits and a half and its width one cubit and a half. 7. And he made two cherubim of gold, he made them beaten out of one piece, on the two ends of the cover, 8. one cherub on the end on this side and another cherub on the end on that side; he made the cherubim on the two ends of the cover. 9. And the cherubim spread out their wings on high and covered the cover with their wings, with their faces one to another, the faces of the cherubim were toward the cover.

37:10. And he made the table of acacia: its length was two cubits and its width a cubit and its height a cubit and a half, 11. and he overlaid it with pure gold and made for it a crown of gold all around. 12. Also he made for it a border of a handbreadth all around it and made a crown of gold for the border all around it. 13. And he cast four rings of gold for it and put the rings upon the four corners that were in its four feet. 14. The rings were against the border, the places for the poles to bear the table. 15. And he made the poles of acacia, and overlaid them with gold to bear the table. 16. And he made the vessels which were on the table, its dishes, its spoons, its purifying vessels, and its bowls for pouring, of pure gold.

The Menorah

37:17. And he made the menorah of pure gold: he made the menorah of beaten work; its shaft, its branch, its bowls, its knobs, and its flowers were of the same 18. and six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the menorah out of the one side of it and three branches of the menorah out of its other side. 19. Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knob and a flower and three bowls made like almonds in another branch, a knob and a flower; so throughout the six branches going out of the menorah. 20. And in the menorah were four bowls made like almonds, its knobs, and its flowers 21. and a knob under two branches of the same, and a knob under two branches of the same, and a knob under two branches of the same, according to the six branches going out of it. 22. Their knobs and their branches were of the same: all of it was one beaten work of pure gold. 23. And he made its seven lamps, its snuffers, and its snuff-dishes, of pure gold. 24. He made it and all its vessels with a talent of pure gold.

The Incense Altar

37:25. And he made the incense altar of acacia: its length was a cubit and its width a cubit. It was four-square and its height was two cubits, its horns were of the same. 26. And he overlaid it with pure gold, its top and its sides all around, and its horns: he also made a crown of gold all around for it. 27. And he made two rings of gold for it under its crown, by its two corners, on both sides, to be places for the poles to bear it. 28. And he made the poles of acacia and overlaid them with gold.

37:29. And he made the holy anointing oil and the pure incense of sweet spices according to the work of the perfumer.

The Altar

38.1. And he made the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood. Its length was five cubits and its breadth five cubits. It was four-square and its height three cubits. 2. And he made its horns on its four corners, its horns were from it, and he overlaid it with bronze. 3. And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, the shovels, the basins, the fleshhooks, and the fire-pans: he made all its vessels of bronze. 4. And he made for the altar a bronze grate of netting under its border to its center. 5. And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of bronze, to be places for the poles. 6. And he made the poles of acacia and overlaid them with bronze 7. and he put the poles into the rings on the sides of the altar to carry it. He made the altar hollow with boards.

The Laver

38:8. And he made the laver of bronze and its foot of bronze, from the mirrors of the women who gathered at the door of the Tent of Meeting.

The Court

38:9. And he made the court, on the south side southward the hangings of the court were fine woven linen, a hundred cubits. 10. There were twenty pillars and twenty bronze sockets; the hooks of the pillars and their bands were of silver, 11. and for the north side the hangings were a hundred cubits, twenty pillars and twenty bronze sockets, the hooks of the pillars and their bands were silver. 12. And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits with ten pillars and ten sockets, the hooks of the pillars and their bands of silver. 13. And for the east side eastward fifty cubits. 14. The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits with three pillars and three sockets. 15. And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits, their pillars three and their sockets three. 16. All the hangings of the court all around were of fine woven linen. 17. And the sockets for the pillars were bronze, the hooks of the pillars and the platings were silver and the overlaying of their capitals was silver and all the pillars of the court were plated with silver.

38:18. And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework; blue, purple, scarlet, and fine woven linen, and the length was twenty cubits and the height and the breadth were five cubits, corresponding to the hangings of the court. 19. And there were four pillars and their four bronze sockets, their hooks silver and the overlaying of their capitals and their platings of silver. 20. And all the pegs of the Tabernacle and of the court all around were bronze.

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Torah Commentary – V’yakheil – He assembled, – Pequdei – Accounts – “The Glory of Faith and Works” – 4 March, 2018

V’yakheil – He assembled, – Pequdei – Accounts

“The Glory of Faith and Works”

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V’yakheil

He assembled

Exodus 35:1-38:20
1 Kings 7:40-50 (A); 7:13-26 (S)

Pequdei

Accounts

Exodus 38:21-40:38
1 Kings 7:51-8:21 (A); 7:40-50 (S)

“The Glory of Faith and Works”


by Mark Huey

This week’s Torah reading completes the Book of Exodus, with the final two readings being studied. For a substantial part of the selection, the instructions given to Moses for the construction of the Tabernacle, furnishings, and its components, are essentially a reiteration of the details which have been previously considered (Exodus 35:10-40-33). Apparently, the command to build a formal dwelling place for the Holy One of Israel was of such significance for the chosen people of God, that Moses repeated the specifications for it. After the failings of the golden calf resulted in the execution of some three thousand faithless rebels, Moses and the artisans returned to the work at hand. After an additional forty days and forty nights in the presence of the Lord, the radiating facial appearance of Moses helped further convince the remaining Israelites, that the instructions he was conveying were directly from the Holy One, as noted in the closing verses of the previous parashah:

“Then Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers in the congregation returned to him; and Moses spoke to them. Afterward all the sons of Israel came near, and he commanded them to do everything that the LORD had spoken to him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went in to speak with Him” (Exodus 34:31-35).

With the trauma of violent death having permeated the encampment, the visible reminder that Moses was intimately communicating with the Almighty, prompted the Israelites to respond with willing hearts, as they were stirred to contribute the materials needed for the Tabernacle. Those people, endowed with supernatural skills, were given the opportunity to finally exercise their faith in the Holy One, by completing the work as prescribed:

“Then Moses assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and said to them, ‘These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do: For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day.’ Moses spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This is the thing which the LORD has commanded, saying, ‘Take from among you a contribution to the LORD; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the LORD’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze, and blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goats’ hair, and rams’ skins dyed red, and porpoise skins, and acacia wood, and oil for lighting, and spices for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense, and onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastpiece. Let every skillful man among you come, and make all that the Lord has commanded” (Exodus 35:1-10).

However, before Moses rested these instructions, there was a key reminder that remembering the Sabbath during the construction of the Tabernacle was not to be abandoned. As important as it would be for the Tabernacle to be assembled, so that God could dwell in the presence of His people—He still desired His people to rest (cf. Exodus 31:13-17).

While reconsidering the different elements of the Tabernacle and the priestly garments, in light of the prohibition to work on the Sabbath, from this week’s Torah reading—it is significant to note the unique intersection of faithful obedience to a command, and the completion of human works resulting in the presence of the glory of the Lord. For assuredly, when the Book of Exodus comes to a close describing the “finished” work of the Tabernacle, there was the incredible blessing of the “glory of the Lord” residing in the midst of the Israelites throughout their desert journeys:

“From it Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet. When they entered the tent of meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. He erected the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the veil for the gateway of the court. Thus Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel” (Exodus 40:31-38).

Glory or Glorify?

In many regards, the description of the blessing of the “glory of the Lord” filling the Tabernacle could be taken as an example of faith and works combining—in what was then among the Ancient Israelites, a tangible manifestation of God. However, over the course of time, the visible evidence of the “glory of the Lord” has no longer centered on a transportable Tabernacle. Instead, since the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah, the Holy Spirit of God has taken up universal residence in the hearts of God’s people, which “glorify the Lord” in their actions:

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Modern-day Messiah followers can vaguely imagine the majesty of the “glory of the Lord,” filling the desert Tabernacle. The days of the Ancient Israelites, fearfully observing the presence of the Lord, has largely shifted to faithful Believers willingly allowing the Holy One to accomplish His will through their works. There is now a definite, personal responsibility to “glorify the Lord” through faithful acts of obedience, the good works that Yeshua requires of each of us, as they emulate His fulfillment of the Torah:

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:16-19).

If someone has truly been born from above, indwelt by the Spirit of God, and given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)—there should be a heartfelt willingness to want to obey the Torah (which has not been abolished or nullified). Such a trusting obedience to the commandments of God should evidence itself in faith, combined with good works, which together ultimately brings glory to the Lord. In his epistle, James the Just specified how it was faith combined with his works, that reckoned Abraham righteous. Faith alone was not enough, because only by demonstrating the right actions could Abraham be truly said to have faith:

“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’ You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS’ [Genesis 15:6], and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-26).

While this passage from James is commonly quoted to emphasize the relation that faith and works have together, Paul’s teaching is not at all devoid of an emphasis on faith and works. In his letter to Believers in Asia Minor, Paul stated that eternal salvation only comes from grace and not from works—but that we have been created to walk in good works, surely something resultant of salvation:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Notice that in God’s sovereign will for humanity, He has actually chosen certain faithful people to glorify Him, by performing good works that were prepared beforehand that they should walk in them. This can refer to artisans like Bezalel and Oholiab (Exodus 31), who had the privilege and God-given skill to help assemble the Tabernacle. It can also surely refer to the Prophets, the Apostles, or for that matter, a multitude of people down through the ages who have been used for critical tasks to glorify the Lord—especially by bringing others to Himself.

Self-Examination

As we come to the end of the Book of Exodus, in considering this week’s reading and trying to imagine the majesty of the glory of the Lord residing in and around the Tabernacle—it would be beneficial to make a personal assessment of just how we are individually seeking to glorify the Lord. After all, since through the ages, the Lord has chosen to use mere mortals to bring glory to Him through their faithful works—we each should take some time to introspectively challenge ourselves, to see that we are fulfilling our God-ordained destinies.

  • Are we truly walking by faith?
  • Are we living and walking by sight?
  • Are we obeying the commandments of God? Or are we trying to pick and choose which to obey?
  • Are we willfully available to let the Lord use us for His glory? Or are we seeking personal glory?
  • Are we doing the good works prepared for us to do? Or are we avoiding works due to selfishness?
  • Are we glorifying the Lord in our marriages, family, and relationships?
  • Are we glorifying the Lord in our neighborhoods and the marketplace?

This sampling of questions only scratches the surface of personal self-examination. More can be added to the above list, but what is most critical is taking the time as admonished by Paul in his instruction to the Corinthians, to test and examine ourselves so we might bring glory to the Lord:

“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves that Yeshua the Messiah is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?”(2 Corinthians 13:5).

May we each be strengthened in our resolve to glorify the Lord, by our faithful works to persevere to the end! (Click to Source)

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TorahScope – “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” – Y’yakheil (He assembled) – FEBRUARY 21, 2014

By the time we arrive at this week’s Torah portion, V’yakheil, we discover that it encapsulates a description of the actions of Ancient Israel, as the people collectively fulfill the requirements for the Tabernacle construction which was the subject of the previous Terumah (Exodus 27:20-30:10) and Tetzaveh(Exodus 30:11-34:35) readings. Without any hesitation, the text reminds us about the commandment to take a Sabbath rest, even in the midst of the Israelites building of the Tabernacle and producing the various implements, accouterments, and garments as defined.

If you have been reading closely the past few weeks, you will have noticed that Shabbat (tB’v;) is of particular concern to the God of Israel. Two times (Exodus 31:12-17; 34:21), an emphasis is placed not only on the “sign” ofShabbat, but also on the importance to observe it faithfully. As the physical labor for constructing the Tabernacle finally commenced, Moses once again reminded Israel about the Sabbath. Perhaps knowing human nature, these admonitions have been placed by the Lord in these Torah portions, so that we may be reminded that having a day of rest is a great blessing to all those who remember and observe it:

“Then Moses assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and said to them, ‘These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do: For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day” (Exodus 35:1-3).

Of course, it is important to note that in this section of the Torah, we find that the whole congregation of Israel, kol-adah b’nei Yisrael (larfy ynB td[-lK), was supposed to rest. By resting one day out of seven, the people would be able to focus on the Lord in a rather unique and special way on the Sabbath day, but they would most especially be able to be rejuvenated during this critical season of the Tabernacle’s construction.

Further on in our Torah portion, we witness the widescale amount of contributions and offerings that the Israelites were making to the building project. The overwhelming reaction by many, with their offerings literally ushering forth, required that Moses command the people to halt their outpouring of freewill offerings:

“And they said to Moses, ‘The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the Lord commanded us to perform.’ So Moses issued a command, and a proclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, ‘Let no man or woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary.’ Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more. For the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it” (Exodus 36:5-7).

As I personally pondered the importance of Shabbat this week, and rejoiced in the recorded reaction of the people who wanted to contribute to the various construction projects, I was personally thinking about how I have dealt with this subject since I came to the Lord in 1978. I was born again at the age of 27, and committed myself to being a Believer, rather than a non-Believer—a member of God’s people—rather than a part of the world. From that year forward, I matured in my relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ, and learned to live more like Him. Like many of you, it has been a “wild ride,” and I have done things since becoming Messianic that I would never have dreamed of when I first came to faith.

First, I thought back to some of the early years of my new life in the Lord when I was confronted by a relative who happened to be a proponent of Dominion theology. At the time, he was trying to persuade me that taking Sunday and devoting it fully to God was a good thing that would honor the Fourth Commandment. At the time, I was faithfully attending Sunday morning services at a church in Dallas, Texas, and then coming back on Sunday evening for a service that would include taking communion. Two times a day I would load my family into the car and proceed to the church for a teaching convocation, and then a second service which was more contemplative.

At that time many years ago, when this relative admonished me, I thought he was being extremely legalistic. After all, I was living in Dallas and the Cowboys were on a roll in the NFL! I also played men’s city league soccer, and our games just happened to be played on Sunday afternoon. I could certainly get my “time in” with the Lord between Sunday morning and Sunday evening. As I justified my other activities during the afternoon, I actually thought I was doing pretty well to be a dedicated “twice a Sunday” attendee. With the passage of time, I have witnessed that via God’s sanctification in my life that my personal attitude has changed substantially since those naïve days many years ago.

In God’s mercy to me, as I have continued to beseech Him in order to know Him and understand His ways, He has been faithful to reveal more and more of Himself to me. The Prophet Jeremiah reminds us about the rewards of seeking the Holy One of Israel.

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile’” (Jeremiah 29:11-14).

Here, we find that our Heavenly Father does have things under control and He does have a plan for our lives! I can personally testify that if you do seek Him with all your heart, He will not only restore your fortunes, but as He has said:He will gather you back from where you have been scattered. The Lord will bring you back to Himself no matter what nefarious paths you have chosen to follow for a season. He will take you from the doldrums of sin into a place where you can be used for the growth of His Kingdom.

Today, as the Messianic movement continues to grow and affect positive change in the lives of God’s people, we encounter that many are learning to reappreciate the value of the Torah, and the significance of things like the seventh-day Sabbath. The Lord is restoring an understanding to all His people regarding how Yeshua and the early Believers obeyed the commandments—and this is exciting to witness! As I study the Torah and read passages aboutShabbat, the appointed times, and other things that the Lord wants His people to follow so that He can bless us, I am immensely blessed. I not only knownow that the Sabbath Biblically begins at sundown on the sixth day and ends on sundown on the seventh day (cf. Genesis 1:5), and not at midnight as I had always assumed according to modern reckoning. I think it is amazing thatShabbat is exactly what the Scriptures say it is—and it was there all along. I simply failed to look at it.

As I have been maturing in my walk with the Lord, I can honestly say that I delight in Shabbat and I look forward to it as the pinnacle of my week. Entering into the Father’s rest and putting down the labors of the week are more clearly understood than when I had my debate years ago with this relative. Today, I might be able to present a more comprehensive understanding of what the Sabbath is for me as defined by the Holy Scriptures, than what he tried to present to me years ago. Perhaps now he would be the one considering me “legalistic.”

My second area of contemplation this week was piqued by some other verses in our Torah portion, which describe the supernatural endowment of two individuals who had been specifically selected by the Lord to oversee the various construction projects of the Tabernacle:

“Now Bezalel and Oholiab, and every skillful person in whom the Lord has put skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work in the construction of the sanctuary, shall perform in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded. Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful person in whom the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to the work to perform it” (Exodus 36:1-2).

Over the past few years (2005-2010), I have spent some time at the Orlando Convention Center overseeing the construction of various “temporary tabernacles,” and I can relate to just what it takes to physically construct something and take it down in order to move it. Now these trade show, seminar, and conference booths and displays are not to be compared to the magnificence and significance of the Tabernacle, but there are some parallels. I have had to use my hands to build things that have a degree of temporary usefulness, and as a result I can identify with some of what Bezalel and Oholiab had to do.

It does take a certain amount of mental acumen when dealing with the erection of complex structures, and this is where I have been able to consider some of the talents and gifts of those like Bezalel and Oholiab. Not only were these skillful people probably able to physically make the objects of the Tabernacle, but they were also probably gifted with the ability to organize and administer the construction projects. In my work, I have enjoyed learning from the younger and more experienced artisans, who often have specially designed tools crafted for certain needs. Even though I might have some age and wisdom in other areas of life, when it comes to knowing the most efficient and safest way to construct something, I typically defer to the younger people, who I discern are more gifted and experienced for various construction projects.

Additionally, I learned another lesson this week (in 2005) via a gift that I was given for Bible research. I received a certain Greek lexicon, and I believe that receiving it happens to be well timed with a writing project that I have been inspired to pursue. In recent weeks, while going through the Torah portions, I have been spiritually stimulated by Paul’s words of being a “living sacrifice” and what it means as listed in the balance of Romans ch. 12. Pensively, as I began to lay out some of my thoughts and started to think about the terms being used, I realized that my Greek study resources were slim. In a providentially-timed gift, I was given a reference tool that should hopefully point me in the right direction.

In an ironic sort of way, just like watching the younger and more gifted builders of complex structures at the Convention Center, a gifted young teacher of the Holy Scriptures gave me a resource “tool” that will allow me to be far more effective in my studies. I was delighted that this tool was given to me at just the right time. Similar to a Bezalel or Oholiab coming along with a special tool or instrument, or perhaps one first showing you how to build something, it is a sign of maturity when you do not think too highly of yourself and are willing to listen to instruction from someone else. Even if the advice or tool comes from someone younger, I recommend to joyfully receive what is being imparted, and welcome the talents that the Lord wants to instill in you via a young person, so you can be more effective in His service.

This begins to take on even more significance when you realize that in light of the construction of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, it is the operation of the Ancient Israelites with all of their collective talents and gifts in unison with one another that accomplishes all of what God wants. After all, where would Bezalel and Oholiab have been without the gold, jewels, brass, skins, wood, and the laborers to perform certain tasks? If the willing hearts did not give the items necessary for the project, no matter how talented the artisans were, the Tabernacle would have been a conceptual design relegated to theory rather than the reality of a completed temporary dwelling place for the Most High.

Consequently, it takes the whole Body of the Messiah to accomplish the Lord’s will. Now that I am armed with some more theological tools, I hope that my ability to write and comment about certain aspects of the Scriptures will be greatly enhanced. Just consider some of the things that Paul writes about in Romans 12, which are required of us who serve the Lord diligently:

“For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

With the measure of faith I have the more I learn to walk in His ways, the more I not only appreciate His rest on Shabbat, but also to simply rest in confidence in Him for all things. Watching Him orchestrate my life today via a consistent study of the Torah and how it applies to my walk with Him, in so many regards, is fascinating. As I sit back and review Scripture through His illumination, I am beginning to realize more than ever that my actions do speak louder than words. I have seen my walk starting to catch up with my talk! Some verses that dramatically changed my life many years ago, echo the prayers that I still offer today:

“More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Messiah Yeshua my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Messiah, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from theLaw, but that which is through faith in Messiah, the righteousness whichcomes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:8-11).

I am blessed that my earnest actions to know my Lord and Savior, and quite possibly the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, continues to bring me more of His rest, as I personally notice the maturation in my walk with and in Him. These actions speak volumes to me much louder than all the words I can fathom! In a like manner, I pray that you would be equally encouraged that our collective actions will be what today’s world sees and hears.

Finally, even though different measures of faith come by hearing, it is most often by our Messiah-like actions that people will observe the power of the Holy Word that is transforming us. In so doing, others should be drawn to us to hear about how God has transformed our lives by us receiving Yeshua and obeying Him diligently. This must be the testimony that we offer: whether they witness our obedience via the peace only He can give us or even whether they witness our obedience to following something like Shabbat. May we remember that we testify of Yeshua via our actions—sometimes even more than our words! Take to serious heart the immeasurable responsibility that you have.

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