Parsha Pekudei – “Amounts of”
- Exodus 38:21-40:38
- 1 Kings 7:51-8:21
- Hebrews 8:1-12
Our portion this week is the final portion of the book of Shemot – Exodus, and concludes the account of the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). It begins with an accounting of all the gifts that were given for its building. Thus the name, “Amounts of”. The porrtion describes it’s final assembly, and the habitation of the Shekhinah, the glory of HaShem that dwelt among the people during their 40-year journey.
In the description of the final assembly, the Scripture has hidden a beautiful picture of how the body of Messiah is to be built. This can be seen in a few key passages describing who performed each part of the building.
First were the overseers, those put in charge of the individual pieces.
Now Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the HaShem had commanded Moshe. With him was Oholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver and a skillful workman and a weaver in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and fine linen.Exodus 38:22-23 NASB
Next were the people who did the work.
So the sons of Israel did all the work according to all that the HaShem had commanded Moshe. And Moshe examined all the work and behold, they had done it; just as the HaShem had commanded, this they had done. So Moshe blessed them.Exodus 39:42-43 NASB
And finally, Moshe, who completed the work.
Moshe erected the tabernacle and laid its sockets, and set up its boards, and inserted its bars and erected its pillars.Exodus 40:18 NASB
He erected the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the veil for the gateway of the court. Thus Moshe finished the work.Exodus 40:33 NASB
Because all of these were done in order and according to the pattern that HaShem had given Moshe on the mountain, HaShem was able to bless the work, and do as His desire was, dwell with His people.
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the HaShem filled the tabernacle. Moshe was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the HaShem filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out;Exodus 40:34-36 NASB
All of this pictures how Messiah is working to build His ekklesia – His Assembly. Yeshua, the prophet greater than Moshe told His disciples:
And I also say to you that you are Kěpha, and on this rock I shall build My assembly, and the gates of She’ol shall not overcome it.Matthew 16:18 TS2009
Just as Moshe received revelation from HaShem as to how the Mishkan would be built, just as He provided the direction to the people, and had to complete the final inspection, and just as He was responsible for putting all the finished pieces in place so that they would serve their purpose, so is Yeshua doing with those who submit to His authority in the plan for His assembly.
Just as Bezalel and Ohioliab were given wisdom to create the articles according to the plan shown them, so has Yeshua raised up leaders who (prayerfully) have been given wisdom to help build the body.
Finally, the Master has tasked each person, all of us, with the work of building the dwelling place of the Almighty. We each must work as part of the community to build what Yeshua has instructed – a community of believers, dedicated to the living out of Torah for the glory of Elohim so that the world might see HaShem through us. Just as the Mishkan wasn’t built by one person, so the Assembly. Just as the plan was given by HaShem through revelation, so the Ekklesia. Just as all of Israel had a part to play in the construction of the Tabernacle, so too with the body of Messiah.
We can be assured, that when Yeshua, who examines our work, is pleased the same Shekhinah will dwell among us.
And what agreement has Messiah with Beliya‛al? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever? And what union has the Dwelling Place of Elohim with idols? For you are a Dwelling Place of the living Elohim, as Elohim has said, “I shall dwell in them and walk among them, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.”2 Corinthians 6:15-16 TS2009