March 3rd - 9th
1 Corinthians 3:12-17
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
This concept of a spiritual accounting plays an important role in this week's Torah portion, P’kudei. A major theme in the Parasha is how Moses gives an accounting of the materials used to build the Tabernacle. The close of Exodus gives us the full picture of Yahweh’s “Redemption.” Nachmanides (Ramban) mentions that “Redemption” should be the name of the book of Exodus. As man lost the right to be in YHVH’s presence at the Garden, it is now restored. Salvation, forgiveness, guidelines on how to live, how to worship, and when to worship are the major themes we’ll see in this week’s study, including HIS presence in HIS sanctuary—us. The Ark of the Testimony brings us into HIS witness.
A Few Hebrew Definitions
New moons, H2320 חדשׁ chodesh: new moon, the first day of the month, the lunar month.
Land, H776 ארץ' eretz: land, whole earth, inhabitants.
Ark, H727 ארון' aron: chest, ark, coffin.
Skilled, H3045 ידע yada: to know, to discern, physical or spiritual—does Yahweh Know You?
Willing, H5081 נדיב nadiyb: willing, noble, generous, noble, princely—“A good Eye”.
Testimony, H5707 עד‛ êd: (H5715, עדוּת‛ êdûth) witness, testimony, evidence (of things), witness (of people), “Ark of the Testimony.” This is you!
Tabernacle, H4908 משׁכּן mishkan: dwelling place, tabernacle of Yahweh.