Reading #2 -Exodus 25:17–30
Hashem is beginning to give specific instructions for His dwelling place, the holy Tabernacle. His very first instruction is for the place where “I will meet with you (verse 22)”. The ark of the covenant. He designs a place where He can dwell over His Covenant with the people. The Covenant is the Law. Try to understand this, His Law is so important that He wants us to create a special housing for it, and a place over it for Him to dwell. Under the wings of angels will reside His Covenant with and for the people. That should make us think. Sink this Truth into your heart. Of all the places Hashem would dwell -- He chooses to be “over” His Law. It is very, very symbolic. His authority and purpose is over the Law today. We need to understand and respect this.
Are you following the Torah -- Hashem’s Law? Are you just beginning to understand it and trying to do your best in obeying it? That’s where I am. Coming to the Law as a “stranger” or “foreigner” is not easy. We might not have the opportunity to go to a synagogue, but there are many online groups that do wonderful studies on the Torah. You might check out: Chabbad It had so much information on Judaism and the Torah. Also a "Messianic" site - First Fruits of Zion. Check them out. There is so much to learn and be blessed by!
Reading #2 - Exodus 25:17–30
25:17 You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. Two and a half cubits shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its width. 18 You shall make two cherubim of hammered gold. You shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub at the one end, and one cherub at the other end. You shall make the cherubim on its two ends of one piece with the mercy seat. 20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces toward one another. The faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat. 21 You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the covenant that I will give you. 22 There I will meet with you, and I will tell you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the covenant, all that I command you for the children of Israel.
23 “You shall make a table of acacia wood. Its length shall be two cubits, and its width a cubit, and its height one and a half cubits. 24 You shall overlay it with pure gold, and make a gold molding around it. 25 You shall make a rim of a hand width around it. You shall make a golden molding on its rim around it. 26 You shall make four rings of gold for it, and put the rings in the four corners that are on its four feet. 27 The rings shall be close to the rim, for places for the poles to carry the table. 28 You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be carried with them. 29 You shall make its dishes, its spoons, its ladles, and its bowls with which to pour out offerings. You shall make them of pure gold. 30 You shall set bread of the presence on the table before me always.