Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Parashah Pekudei (פְּקוּדֵי) ("accounting of") Exodus 38:21-40:38



Parashah Pekudei   (פְּקוּדֵי)  ("accounting of")  Exodus 38:21-40:38

I would like to start this discussion at the very end of the Parashah.

Exodus 40:34-35 “Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.   And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”

Rav Shaul stated:

1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

And again,

1 Corinthian 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

It is pretty hard for us to imagine that the same Ruach that raised Yeshua from the dead and filled the Mishkan with such overwhelming glory as to stop Holy Moses from entering, lives in us.. 

There is a special kind of Holiness that is bestowed upon believers in Yeshua that even Moses could only have hoped for.   Instead of just being holy of human capacity, we have instead become new creations.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  2 Corinthians 5:17. 

Even the ancient prophets dreamed of the day, that we tend to take for granted.   Yeshua said, “for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”   Matthew 13:17.

It would be easier to fear HaShem and to certainly fear any eisegesis, when you can see a cloud by day and fire by night but we must not forget that just because we see not, the power is still frightful.   And it is this lethargy that brings about a lot of false doctrine.  

We still work out our salvation with Fear and Trembling.  “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;”   Philippians 2:12.  The context here is to obey His commandments with a heavenly fear;  not abusing or taking for granted His Grace.

We also understand that through Yeshua we can boldly enter throne room of HaShem. Romans 4:16. However, this speaks of boldness, not arrogance.

And as per most spiritual concepts, whilst we push forward to run a race, we also find freedom and rest.   That same Ruach living is us really does have the power to save us from ourselves.

Truly, greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.

And what does Mishkan mean…… RESTING PLACE.

Any time we enter the presence of the Lord, we find true rest.  I find that fascinating because we are able to enter a Mishkan of sorts when we believe in Yeshua.  We enter the Resting Place…

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear (there’s that FEAR word again) lest any of you seem to have come short of it…… For we who have believed do enter that rest …. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.  For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.   Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”  Hebrews 4:1-11 (fragmented).

Of course Moses would enter the Resting Place, but would have to eventually leave (especially for bathroom breaks);  We do not have to leave.  We can and should abide In Him and He will abide in Us.

If only we could see this truth the way that HaShem sees it.   It would change every motivation of our heart.

On and interesting side note: Tana D’bay Eliyahu Rabbah 25 states that the Mishkan is all rolled up and hidden under the Temple mount for future erection.

Even without the Mishkan it would be a wrong assumption that HaShem does not habitat amongst his people.  The Avot 3:6 is often quoted in the absence of a mishkan:

"If ten sit and engage in Torah study, the Divine Presence abides among them, as it is said, "God stands in the congregation of God" (Ps. 82:1). How do we know that it applies to five? Because of the verse "He has founded his bunch on the earth" (Amos 9:6). How do we know that it applies even to three? Because of the verse "He will judge in the midst of the judges" (Ps 82:1).   How do we know it applies even to two? The verse teaches, "Then they who feared God spoke one to the other and God listened and heard." (Mal. 3:16). It applies even to one, since it is said, "In every place where I cause My name to be mentioned, I will come and bless you" (Exod. 20:24)." Pirke Avot 3:6
                                                                                               
So my point for this parashah is that Moses was unable to go into certain places even though he was the most holy man alive.   The glory was too strong to enter the REST.   But through Yeshua and the indwelling of the Ruach Hakodesh, we can enter the RESTING PLACE.    Yes, those places that Moses was unable to enter, we have direct access to – spiritually speaking.

Keep up your diligence to enter the Mishkan.

Shalom.   Jon Eaton

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