The Israelites’ memory of their own state of destitution before God rescued and redeemed them is fresh. All that they have is a direct result of God at work in their lives, so it all belongs to Him. They are only too happy, therefore, to give some of it back for the construction of a Sanctuary where they can meet with God and commune with Him.
Why Be a Generous Giver?
No one can outgive God. Generosity is one of His core attributes and He gives generously. When He gave us Yeshua, He gave us His very best and most beloved of all.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Moreover, everything we have also comes from the hand of God. We should also, therefore, be willing to give back to His work cheerfully and willingly.
In the New Covenant (New Testament) portion of this week’s Parasha, we read that each of us should give as we have purposed in our heart, “not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
With this in mind, we also need to understand the spiritual law of sowing and reaping: He who sows sparingly will reap a sparse harvest, and he who sows abundantly will reap an ample harvest. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
This principle doesn’t just apply to our financial giving; it is a spiritual law that applies to every area of our life.
Whatever we give generously, we are going to receive back in equal measure—whether that is anger, bitterness, judgment, criticism, and condemnation—or grace, mercy, kindness, encouragement and love. (Matthew 7:2)
So let’s make sure that we are giving generous praise, encouragement, love, help, blessings, and all the good things that we would want to receive generously in return, including our material offerings (terumot).
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)
The Pattern Shown to Moses
The Sanctuary (or Mikdash), was a portable structure to accompany the Israelites on their wanderings.
However, the children of Israel could not build a Sanctuary (or tabernacle) for God any way they wanted to; they had to build it according to the specific pattern that God showed Moses on the mountain.
“Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” (Exodus 25:9)
Why? Because the Old Covenant tabernacle would become a copy and shadow of a heavenly reality. (Revelation 15:5; Hebrews 8:5)
The Sanctuary consisted of three main areas: the outer court, the inner court (Holy Place), and the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies).
Some say the three sections of the Mikdash represent our humanity. We have an outer court–our physical bodies and all of its systems; an inner place where our mind, will and emotions function; and the most holy place, the most inner, secret place where our spirit dwells and communes with God.
The inner Holy of Holies could only be entered once a year on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) by the Cohen HaGadol (The High Priest).
The holy places were divided from the outer court by a veil and only the priest could enter them.
When Yeshua died on the execution stake (cross), this all changed.
The veil was torn and through His blood we have all been made priests who have access to the presence of God. May we never take this privilege for granted.
“In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12)
Building Our Lives According to His Pattern
Our homes are meant to be a mini Beit Mikdash—a mini Holy Temple—a place where God’s presence dwells with us. For that reason, a serious question we need to ask ourselves is, “Would my home be a place where God can feel comfortable to dwell?”
In the same way that the Sanctuary had to be built according to the pattern shown to Moses on the mountain, we also need to build our homes and lives after the heavenly pattern that God revealed in the Torah, which He gave on Mount Sinai.
No guesswork is involved.
All the wisdom and understanding we need to draw a blueprint for our lives and build a blessed home is found in God’s Word.
Thankfully, Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) is always at work in our lives to show us areas that need to be brought into a closer alignment with the heavenly pattern, rather than our own faulty design.
In the prophetic portion of Scripture, King Solomon builds a Temple for God in Jerusalem that his father, King David, really wanted to build himself.
However, David was not allowed to build it because he was a man of war; he had too much blood on his hands (1 Chronicles 22:7–9).
The Hebrew name for David’s son, Solomon, is Shlomo. This name shares the same root same Hebrew root (S-L-M) as shalom, meaning peace.
Indeed, as Solomon’s name testifies, peace was established during his reign.
“And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as He promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon.” (1 Kings 5:26)