Sunday, February 11, 2024

Terumah - Reading #1

Terumah תְּרוּמָה - Offering


Reading #1: Exodus 25:1–16

My Thoughts:

Hashem is asking Moses to go to the people and ask for donations to build His holy Tabernacle. And they are to give only if “their heart is willing (verse 2)”. He wants them to build the Tabernacle so that He can “dwell among them (verse 8)”.  How amazing and what an honor that must have been! For the almighty to make a proclamation that He wishes to dwell with them! You would think they would run to give their donations! And remembering they came out of slavery, isn’t it so interesting that the Egyptians just gave them a lot of wonderful valuable articles to take with them? So, Hashem even provided for them to give. 

It is all a true lesson. We are to give to Hashem what we have so that His presence is in our lives. It may be prayer, worship, supporting His ministries -- but, we do it all to enjoy His love. His people were able to enjoy His physical appearance, and were to build him a “home”. It was all so good and beautiful!


Are you running to give donations for Hashem’s dwelling place today? You may think -- “Well nobody is building a Temple today -- it’s impossible!” No it is not. There is a group in Jerusalem called the “Temple Institute”. They have been getting ready for the building of the Temple for years. They need your prayer and financial support. Go to: TEMPLE INSTITUTE JERUSALEM . Read about what they are doing to build the 3rd Temple and the return of the Mashiach! Thank you!

Reading #1: Exodus 25:1–16

25 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they take an offering for Me. From everyone whose heart makes him willing you shall take My offering. 3 This is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, bronze, 4 blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair, 5 rams’ skins dyed red, sea cow hides, acacia wood, 6 oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense, 7 onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate. 8 Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. 9 According to all that I show you, the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all of its furniture, even so you shall make it.

10 “They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Its length shall be two and a half cubits, its width a cubit and a half, and a cubit and a half its height. 11 You shall overlay it with pure gold. You shall overlay it inside and outside, and you shall make a gold molding around it. 12 You shall cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in its four feet. Two rings shall be on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. 13 You shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. 14 You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark. 15 The poles shall be in the rings of the ark. They shall not be taken from it. 16 You shall put the covenant which I shall give you into the ark.