February 29, 2020 – Terumah (“Contribution”) Parshat 19
- Torah: Exodus 25:1-27:19
- Haftara: 1 Kings 5:26-6:13
- Brit Chadasha: Mark 12:35-44
וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר: דַּבֵּר֙ אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל וְיִקְחוּ־לִ֖י תְּרוּמָ֑ה מֵאֵ֤ת כָּל־אִישׁ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר יִדְּבֶ֣נּוּ לִבּ֔וֹ תִּקְח֖וּ אֶת־תְּרוּמָתִֽי׃
Vayedaber Adonay el-Moshe lemor. Daber el-beney Yisra’el veyikchu-li trumah me’et kol-ish asher yidvenu libo tikchu et-trumati.
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart so moves him.
Incorruptible: Exodus 25:10&11 “They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Its length shall be two and a half cubits, its breadth a cubit and a half, and a cubit and a half its height. You shall overlay it with pure gold. You shall overlay it inside and outside, and you shall make a gold molding around it.
“Yeshua, the One on whom God’s Spirit rests, may be likened to the throne of God on earth, the living ark of the covenant. The ark was made of acacia wood overlaid with gold. Gold symbolizes royalty and divinity. The resinous acacia wood resists decay, symbolizing incorruptibility and immorality. God did not allow His “Holy One to undergo decay” (Psalm 16:10). Resurrected from the dead, the body of Yeshua is incorruptible. The LORD told Moses, “You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you” (Exodus 25:16). He referred to the tablets of the Ten Commandments, the token documents of the whole Torah. The LORD told Moses that He would speak with him “from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony” (Exodus 25:22). [Shadows of the Messiah – Firstfruits of Zion – Exodus Terumah]
The Resurrection of Mashiach Yeshua also shows us that the covenant promises of HaShem toward us His people are incorruptible as well. He places the words of the renewed covenant into the ark of our hearts and makes us alive – infused with His Ruach’s direction. “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jer.31:33).
We see this reflected in the words Moshe Weissman. “The very structure of the [Tabernacle] also suggests the human body and its implements correspond to the various organs and parts of the body … The [ark] corresponds to the heart, just as a person’s life depends on the vitality of his heart, the significance of the [ark], which contained the [tablets] of the Torah, suffused the entire [ark]. [Moshe Weissman, The midrash says (5 vols,; Brooklin, NY: Bnay Yaakov Publications. 1995), 243-244, citing Chidushei Ge’onim Menachot 29 in the name of the Rambam.]
Avinu Malkenu thank you for giving us the incorruptible life – You have placed your words in the center of our being. and brought us the Terumah (gift) of life eternal, thru the incorruptible body of Yeshua our salvation.
Ahav V’shalom Mish’pachah love and peace to our family in Messiah from Beth Hallel Lodi