Torah Commentary – P’kudei (Accounts) – Now What? – SCRIPTURES FOR March 9, 2019

Torah Commentary
P’kudei (Accounts)
Exodus 38:21-40:38
1Kings 7:13-26
2Corinthians 9:1-15
Hebrews 9:1-14
Revelation 11:1-13
Now What?
The last chapters of Exodus speak of putting the instructions of the Tabernacle and garments into reality. As I read the details, I can sense a growing excitement in the camp of the Hebrews. With each item completed and each curtain sown, the excitement builds. At one point the people become so enthralled with the experience that their giving has to be halted by Moshe. The people are giving too much! Consider that one.
The days would turn to weeks and the weeks to months, then in an instant, it was done. We just can not imagine the emotions behind Ex 39:43 as Moshe and the people looked at the completed work of the Tabernacle in front of them. Not only was it finished, but it was finished exactly as Moshe had told them to do, exactly as he had been shown on the mountain. Consider that one. Not a single man’s opinion had entered into the equation.
The final pieces are put into place, but now what are they to do? Moshe had been told to build it and the people all come together and did it. Yah had told them He would then inhabit this tent, but what was that going to look like? They had not been given those instructions and in the excitement of coming together as one for the purpose of building the Tabernacle, no one had thought to ask.
I can just imagine these people, Moshe included, standing there at the base of Mt. Sinai and looking at this structure. Now there is one thing I have learned through my years of serving HaShem is that He acts like He has all the time in the world. What are the chances the glory did not come into the Tabernacle five seconds after it was finished? What are the chances that He waited just a little longer than most of the Hebrews thought He should wait to do something. What are the chances the people were getting a bit antsy and uncomfortable with their, “Now what?” looks.
I, for one, sure hope someone got a video of what happened in Ex 40:34, because I doubt anyone could possibly put the event into words. The glory enters the tent at a level that Moshe could not even walk in? It must have been a “WOW!” moment for all.
So what have we learned from these 16 chapters on the Tabernacle?
  1. We must have a model to go by: We can not think we can come up with our own model, ie, different days and diets, and expect Him to show up.
  2. We must have a pattern, and the pattern in Scripture is clear. It takes time, effort and giving of ourselves to be a Tabernacle worthy of His presence.
  3. We must have authority:  Not only must we submit to His authority, but also to those on earth He has chosen to lead us.
  4. We must leave our opinions at the door: His way of doing things is not open for our interpretation.
  5. We must expect the unexpected: The day we have it all figured out of how everything is going to happen will be the day nothing happens. Well, it will still happen, but we will miss it because we may be looking the wrong direction.
  6. We need to keep our poles in the Ark and our tent pegs shallow: Remember those poles which were to be left in the Ark? Remember that the tent pegs were only to be half in the ground and half out of the ground? The purpose was to be a reminder that this Tabernacle is not to stay in one place and become a museum. It was to be a guide to take the people home. And guess what, He still is! (Click to Source)
Shalom and Be Strong,
Mike Clayton
Joined To HaShem
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Torah Commentary – Vayak’hel (He assembled) , – P’kudei (Accounts) – Form and Function; Meet Purpose – SCRIPTURES FOR March 10, 2017

Are you a tent or a dwelling place for the Almighty?
Torah Commentary
Vayak’hel (He assembled), – P’kudei (Accounts)


Exodus 35:1-40:38
1Kings 7:13-26
2Corinthians 9:1-15
Hebrews 9:1-14
Revelation 11:1-13
Form and Function; Meet Purpose
The Golden Calf was quite the setback for the Hebrews. I wonder what conversations were going on in the camp during those first few days after the incident. Was Israel wondering how much grace and mercy this Elohim had to give? Did their sin exceed His measure of forgiveness? Was He going to wash His hands of them and replace them with another people? Would He give their calling to the new guys? The reason I believe these questions were part of their camp is because I hear these same questions amongst the people in our camp today.
The golden calf incident was truly one of the most momentous sins Israel committed. Their choice brought death on many levels. Because Israel repented and moved on, Yah could have decided not to put this incident in Scripture so we would not know about it. I for one am so thankful He revealed it, because it gives me hope on a personal and national level. It is a reminder when I, or we fail, the event is not too great to be forgiven. He gives us the Way to get back up and move on.
Move on they did. It seems there must have been a renewed focus in the camp motivated by experiencing Father’s revelation of Himself. This revelation gave them new purpose and drive. May we see this same renewal in our day! Moshe put out a new call asking Israel to give. He was overwhelmed with their response. I see this as a shadow of a verse in Psalm 110 which translates “In the day of your power your people will willingly give themselves.”
I have seen this principal of giving played out in people many times through the years. As a pastor many years ago, I saw it in my congregations and in congregations I travel to, a heart of giving from those who are focused on Him. You don’t have to badger someone to give or to work when a person is experiencing and in relationship with Yah. These are the folks who get involved. So the simple message of this is, if you are around people who are not involved, exalt Him and watch the changes.
The day came that the fruit of their labor building the Tabernacle was complete to behold. An amazing sight was before them. The Tabernacle, the garments, it was all there, built exactly as the pattern had been given to Moshe. Exodus 39:43 is an awesome verse to me. It proves to me that a group of imperfect people are able to come together and accomplish a major task given to them to do. Can you sense the awe of the people as they stood and gazed upon their accomplishment? Moshe is so overwhelmed and pleased; he is inspired to speak a blessing over them. Many believe Psalm 90 to be his words he spoke over the people.
Before the people is the earthly realm mirror image of the Tabernacle in the Heavenly realm. (Hebrews 8:5) Well, not exactly. There was something missing that the Hebrews had no control over; Yah’s presence dwelling in the Tabernacle. At this point in time it is still a tent. It is an elaborate tent, but just a tent. It had form and function, but its purpose was not fully revealed. Go back to Exodus 25. What was the purpose of the Tabernacle? It was to be a tent Yah could dwell in. His presence is what changed the status of the tent into His dwelling place. We find in Exodus 40:34 is where form, function and purpose are fully manifest.
Today the world is full of people with form and function. Churches, Synagogues and congregations are filled with form and function. But does form and function change the person’s life or only affect the person’s life? Let me explain. Form and function can affect us outwardly in the way we dress, what we choose to eat, what days we take off from work, our language and even the naming of our children, but does form and function change a person inwardly? I say not really. Form and function can only change a person if the two lead us to purpose.
When the presence of HaShem came into the tent it took form and function into the level of purpose. The same should be true and happening in our lives. The form and function of our life in a “Yeshua focused Torah” should bring forth His presence. What we do needs to be the catalyst for welcoming Him to change our earthly realm tents into Heavenly realm Tabernacles for him to dwell in. This transformation makes us the mirror of the Heavenly for people to witness. Our lives then inspire in others the desire to seek Yah and allow their form and function to become His purpose. This is the purpose of being in relationship with Him and having the revelation of HaShem for all to see! So I leave you with a question to prayerfully consider, “Are you a tent or a dwelling place for the Almighty?” (Click to Source)

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