- Exodus 25:1-27:19
- 1 Kings 5:26-6:13
- 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
The portion Terumah begins the instructions for the building of the first meeting place for the people of Elohim, the Mishkan – Tabernacle. It was built for the simple fact that HaShem wanted to dwell in the midst of His people (Ex 25:8) While other temples and religious sites of the ancient world focused the god being worshiped, the Tabernacle, and later the Temple were always focused on the people, specifically, to bring them…us…closer to Elohim
This is why the portion opens with the command, “Speak to the children of Israel, that they take an offering for Me. From everyone whose heart makes him willing you shall take My offering.” Elohim was looking for a people who wanted to dwell with Him. He desired those who voluntarily brought Him what He asked.
This desire of HaShem’s hasn’t changed in the last 4000 years. He still wants to dwell among a people who desires to dwell with Him. But how can we meet Him in the same way without these structures and their services? Don’t we live in a mere shadow of what is supposed to be?
We are without the physical building, but the purpose of the Mishkan was to draw for us a picture of something greater. This is what Yeshua had in mind when He said in Matthew 16:18, “I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Peter, who received these words, echoed them back in 1 Peter 2:5, “You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to Elohim through Yeshua haMashicah.”
As we turn to study this building in the next few weeks, may we not forget that we, like that generation who came out of Egypt, are part of a great building project. May we each lend our talents, and offer up our contributions to continually build up the congregation of Elohim.
For Elohim didn’t appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Master Yeshua HaMashiach, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 WEB