Studies in Torah

Parashat Terumah (תרומה): Exodus 25:1–27:19

“And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.” (Exodus 25:40 ESV)

What’s so important about the meticulous detail in the instructions for the Tabernacle? These pictures are like the résumé for the Mashiakh, the Christ. This week’s Torah reading, תרומה Terumah (“heave offering”), covering Ex. 25:1-27:19, foreshadows the work of Yeshua.

The standard Haftarah (Writings and Prophets) reading for this week is 1Kings 5:26-6:13.

The following are recordings of studies on passages from Terumah by Hallel Fellowship teachers.

Journey to the 10

Exodus 12–20 recounts a transformation of Israel from a people in bondage to a truly free nation of ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. This “Journey to the 10” is a path each believer should take before and after baptism to become fully mature, not lacking anything. (Start the series of studies from the beginning.) This is the backdrop for Exodus 25-27. 

Exodus 25

Instructions for making the tabernacle

The LORD gave Moshe very specific instructions for the design of the tabernacle, God’s house in the midst of Israel. These are not just meaningless details. Rather, they are symbols that give us understanding into God’s plan to restore the face-to-face interaction between mankind and Himself.

Shadows of Messiah in the Tabernacle

There are those who teach that God is not “picky,” that we can “come as we are” to Him, anytime we want, any way we want. But is that the lesson of all Scripture? The further you read into Exodus, the more you see how “picky” God really is. From this point on, the point of the book of Exodus is about the Tabernacle. It was revealed to Moses over the course of the 40 days on the mountain, yet God also inspired craftsmen and craftswomen who were not on the mountain with knowledge of God’s design as well. God is “picky” — about anyone coming into His presence via any other means than by the High Priest. That one, Who is over all, is Yeshua (Jesus).

Exodus 26

How to cover up what is holy

When I look at how and why the Tabernacle was made, I think, This is what it took for His Son to bring us home. This is what it took for God to teach us about His home. Moshe (Moses) was told to make a place for God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, to dwell with His people. The Tabernacle is a dwelling place. This is not merely a tent.

Exodus 27

Design for the ark of the Testimony

There is a lot of information in these next two chapters. We are continuing learn more about the template of the Tabernacle that God gave to Moses on Sinai. “… as it was shown to you in the mountain, so they shall make it” (Ex. 27:8). We will learn about the altar, the utensils of the altar and the architecture of the outer courts. God also calls upon Aaron and his sons to serve Him as High Priests in the Tabernacle. They were called to be the intermediaries between God and the people. The people are commended to their own service for the Tabernacle as well.

Haftarah: 1Kings 5:26-6:13

1st Kings 5: Meet the King of Tyre who will help Solomon build the Temple

Solomon is a Messianic figure and Solomon is building a house for God’s name and Yeshua, the Messiah is building God’s name, not in a building but in His people. This is a Messianic chapter and we are learning about the foundations of God’s house.

1st Kings 6:1-14: Design of Solomon’s temple mirrors foundation for believers

The temple of King Shlomo (Solomon) is the prototype of the temple in Ezekiel and the temple apostle Yokhanan (John) sees in Revelation as well. These components were not put in by Shlomo’s own choice. They were designed and selected by God ahead of time because they mean something to God. In a sense, the Temple is us. Each physical component has a spiritual component.

1st Kings 6:15-38: Lessons about believers in God from the interior design Solomon’s Temple

Just as the design of the walls and foundation of the temple Solomon built for God showed a pattern for the proper “foundation” for believers in God (1st Kings 6:1-14), the design of the interior of the temple provides a pattern for the character of believers.

What do you think about this?