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Torah Portion Ketchup: T’rumah – Contribution – Exodus 25:1 – 27:19

March 6, 2012

Because of commitments at work I was unable to get this written and published on the schedule that I try to keep. You should go and read the Torah Portion for yourself, trying to apply the meanings of the numbers and colors that I posted to what is outlined in this portion. I’m going to keep this as short and sweet as possible, but it may still be lengthy as the Tabernacle was the home of Yahweh on Earth and it was in use for over 400 years, either of those two factors make this of great historical significance to Israel.

When you read this portion you find that Yahweh gives Moses very specific instructions for the Tabernacle. Is this because YHVH is a micromanager? No, it is because there are things that are essential for the Shakina of YHVH to be able to dwell on the Earth while it is cursed with sin.

Hebrews9:23It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

The earthly tabernacle (and the later temples) were copies of God’s dwelling in heaven. God showed Moses how to copy these things so that YHVH could dwell among his people.

Most of the materials used in construction of the tabernacle were covered when I posted about numbers, colors, and materials. One material that was not covered was Acacia Wood.  Acacia or shittim wood is associated with scourging, whipping, and flogging.

Once again I encourage you to go and read the portion and try to figure out for yourself what it means!

Here are some teachings about the tabernacle:

Brad Scott at Wildbrach Ministries:


Tabernacle Man!


When they discuss the furniture of the tabernacle it is important to understand what it means, The Arc of The Covenant (which does not look like the Spielberg movie) is Yahweh’s Throne on Earth, As he looks out from the Holy of Holies, to the Right is the Table of Shewbread, to the left, The Menorah and in between the three of them is the Altar of Frankincense.

The Table of showbread is at the right hand of God the Father, it has a Golden Crown around its top and has bread sitting on it. The image here is of a King, who is represented by bread, and sits at the right hand of Yahweh. This table represents Jesus.

The Menorah is a seven-branched candlestick made of solid gold. At today’s prices it would be worth over 4 million dollars. Each branch represents part of the spirit of YHVH:

Isaiah 11:1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:2And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

Going into details about the menorah we find that almond blossoms are incorporated into the design. Almond blossoms start out red and turn to white, just like the thread of The Day of Atonement, just like the sin in our own lives when we believe in Yeshua.  The Menorah represents the Holy Spirit or Ruach Hakodesh.

Isaiah 1:18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

The Altar of Frankincense represents you and I. It is written that the prayers of the saints are like incense before The Lord:

Revelation 8:3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.  4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

As we disscussed above, the tabernacle was a model of the throne room of heaven. On the day of judgement, we will each be standing in that spot. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

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