Today’s parsha is entitled Terumah which means offering.  It details for us the instructions for building the mishkan-tabernacle.  Specific directions are given for each article within the tabernacle as well as the tabernacle itself.  In addition, Adonai gives specific materials that must be used.  There were to be no substitutes.  The Haftarah is found in Melachim Aleph 5-6.  This gives us the story of King Shlomo building the Holy Temple for Adonai.  Once again we are given very specific details of what is to be used and how the temple is to be constructed.  This reading ends with the following words from Adonai, “This house which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, and execute My ordinances, and keep all My commandments to walk in them; then will I establish My word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people, Israel.”

You see the desire of Adonai has always been to dwell among His people.  In Gan Eden we are told that Adonai would come in the cool of the evening to spend time with Adam and Chavah.  He created mankind to have relationship with us.  Everything that He has done has been to keep that relationship open and to make it a strong relationship.  However, on our part, we human beings have not been the best in keeping our side of the relationship.  We have this issue called sin that has separated us from G-d.  This is why He encouraged Shlomo- you must walk in my statutes and keep my mitzvot, then I will be with you.  But that hasn’t happened.  But does Adonai give up on us?  NO!  His love towards each one of us, man and woman, boy and girl, Jew and non-Jew is so tremendous.  He knew we would blow it.  So he made a provision.  The tabernacle and temple are symbols/foreshadows of that provision.  They both point to the Mashiach as the one who would come and once for all take care of our sin issue and open up the way so that we can live in harmony with our Creator.  Through the Messiah we are able to keep the mitzvot and to experience the G-d who wants to dwell in our midst.  Adonai is always consistent.  He does not change.  He gave very specific details and instructions for the building of both the tabernacle and the temple and He has also given us very specific directions and instructions for recognizing the Messiah and understanding His role.  The New Covenant tells us that the Messiah Yeshua came and “tabernacled” among us.  Because of His love for us, we are free to experience and know Adonai personally.  All we must do is embrace the Messiah.   Simply read the book and do what it says.  When you do, you will experience the most awesome relationship with G-d you will ever have.  But it is found only through the Messiah.   Allow Adonai to show you this truth and your life will be forever changed.

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