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Parashat Vayakhel/Pekudei (ויקהל/פקודי): Exodus 35:1–40:38

Are we paying attention how we’re building a home for Yeshua and the Spirit in our lives? The care and attention to detail that went into the Tabernacle that the LORD instructed Israel to build and what that teaches about the Holy One and Heaven’s plan to transform us is central to the lessons in the Torah reading ויקהל/פקודי Vayakhel/Pekudei, covering Exodus 35:1–40:38.

In years when there is no second month of Adar (leap month), the Torah parashot (readings) ויקהל Vayakhel (“and he assembled”) and פקודי Pekudei (“accounts”) are combined.

Vayakhel emphasizes that allowing the people to keep the Shabbat is more important than the building of the Mishkan. Moses then “assembled” the people of Israel and asked them for freewill offerings of specific items needed to build the Mishkan to the specifications God showed to Moses. The people responded with an outpouring of generosity.

Pekudei tells us the precise kinds and amounts of talents and money used to make the Mishkan (Tabernacle, the LORD’s tent in the middle of the camp of Israel) and the priestly garments. We also learn about the process of erecting the Mishkan. In the last four verses of the reading, God accepts the Mishkan and begins His occupation of His home on earth.

To prepare ourselves for this coming double-header reading, check out the following recorded studies and notes from Hallel Fellowship teachers.

Exodus 35–40: Enter God’s rest before building His home

Exodus 35:1–38:20: A weekly reminder from Messiah Yeshua to ‘enter His rest’

Exodus 38:21–40:38: Abomination of desolation vs. glory of habitation

Exodus 35-36: A rested development of God’s House

Exodus 35-37 — Shabbat and the building of the Tabernacle

Exodus 37-38: Design of the Ark of the Testimony and furniture of Tabernacle holy places

Exodus 38-40 — Second witness of instructions for building the Tabernacle

Exodus 39-40: Designs for the Tabernacle implements shows God has a place for each of us

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