Parashat Terumah

Updated on March 7, 2018

Shemot (Exodus) 25:1-27:19

In Shemot (Exodus) 25:3-7, there are thirteen (13) types of material the Yisra’el-ites are to contribute to the making of the portable Dwelling Place (Tabernacle): gold, silver, bronze, yarn and fine linen (blue, purple, and scarlet), goat hair, red (dyed) ram skins, sea cow hides (more commonly referred to as a dugong, a cousin of the manatee), acacia wood, olive oil (used for lighting), spices (for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense), and onyx stones and other gems (used for the ephod and the breastplate).

Instructions and details are then given to Mosheh by YeHoVaH for the construction of such a Dwelling Place in order that it might be dismantled with relative ease, transported, and reassembled at the new destination.

Within the Dwelling Place is the most set-apart (holy) place in which the Ark of the Witness would stand. This Ark would hold the Ten Commandments, and, later, a jar of manna and Aharon’s budding staff.

What does this mean for the Believer and Follower of Yeshua ha-Meshiach today?

YeHoVaH gave very detailed information for the completion of His Dwelling Place, from the type of wood to be used to the bronze and gold overlaying of each accessory, from the smallest bowl to the Slaughtering-Place; everything that the Yisra’el-ites were to make was very specified in design and dimension.

YeHoVaH, likewise, has given us very specific instructions for how to live- set-apart (holy) as He is set-apart (holy) [Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:44 says, “For I am YeHoVaH your Elohim, and you shall set yourselves apart. And you shall be set-apart, for I am set-apart. And do not defile yourselves with any swarming creature - the one creeping on the earth.”]; He has given us a basic foundation of set-apart living, known as the Ten Commandments [Shemot (Exodus) 20]; He has shown us by showing us through His Son, Yeshua, how to live set-apart (holy) and how to observe Torah in [perfect] love. Honor, love, obey, and trust … as Yeshua did … as Yeshua is our strength … as YeHoVaH has declared.

Parashat Temurah poetry

Mark and I homeschool the three children still living in our home, and each morning, we have a time of Bible study before we “hit the [academic] books”. As we read through this week’s parashat text and studied the elements of the [portable] Dwelling Place, I gave the children an assignment regarding the process of perfection, as it is detailed for the construction of the Dwelling Place and what that means for their own spiritual walks. Here are their poems …

"The Process of Perfection" by Michaela F. J. Parson

“What is the process of perfection?

Take the Menorah into mind;

It is covered in pure clean gold,

and all the workers had to work or fall behind.

The process of perfection is like many things,

You have to work hard at this process;

But don't work past your purpose

Or you might create a huge mess.

The Menorah was created by men;

but it was YeHoVaH who gave the instructions.

Men and women work very hard

To complete the perfect construction.”

"The Process of Perfection" by Jackson R. Johnson

“The process to perfection is not easy;

You have to go a long, long way.

Just give it time, though,

Because it doesn't happen in just one day.

If you don't believe in Elohim, you cannot find perfection;

But if you do believe in Elohim, you can.

It might not be an easy task;

But of Elohim, you will become a big fan.

Perfection is quite worth all,

Even though the process is hard.

If you will remember to take your time,

And always work very hard."

Be sure to read the haftarah text.

Melakim Aleph (1 Kings) 15:26-6:13


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      Tim Truzy 4 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Blessed are the words of the young that praise God Almighty. Beautiful, Shirley. Perfection through God is a beautiful devotion. Thank you for writing this article. Thank you for educating the young in the ways of God and love.

      Your Brother,