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Torah: Sh’mot 30:11-34:35 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings 18:1-39) Brit Chadasha: 1 Corinthian 8:4-13

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We begin this week‘s study in Ki-Tisa, but to gain a better understanding and greater wisdom on where we‘re going it‘s important to look back at where we‘ve been Ahmein? Much as Isa. 46:10 declares in order to know the end we must return to the beginning, The Father has from the beginning provided His plan, yes? And in these last three Torah portions studied, we‘ve been given the Righteous Rulings of YHVH, or Mishpatim; In Terumah we were then instructed on the proper attitude of the heart we must possess prior to bringing any offering unto YAH, and then given the Blueprint on the construction of the Mishkan which was taken directly from Heaven‘s Court and then explained to Moshe on how to make a physical copy here on Earth, right? And then we learned in Tetsaveh all about more of the furnishings of the Mishkan, the Hight Priest‘s Garments, his crucial role that he plays in conducting proper worship for him, his family and the entire nation of Isra‘el; and in particular how it was important in the midst of this colorful, symbolic array of fabric and precious stones and Gold, and the incredible craftsmanship required to manufacture it, that still, it all must come back to a willing heart; Because unless we have a willing and humble heart, The Father cannot come in— place His Character there, and do the good work He has planned for each of us. The plan does not change. His Word changes not, however, we tend to make excuses out of failed attempts to justify our own selfish behavior sometimes, yes? Sometimes our behavior is cloaked in the best of intentions. Just look at what we learned in Yechezkel, Ezekiel—last week‘s Haftarah parsha when Israel had been deported to Babylon and the Israelites were in confusion as they had become so callous in their hearts that they had become blinded to their own spiritual adultery and harlotry. Look at King Solomon…for all the wisdom YHVH had blessed him with, not a wiser man has lived since, and yet he too allowed himself to be pulled away from Adonai into realms of paganism and defilement. We‘ve discussed brother Uzziah, the unfortunate soul who despite his best 1|Page

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intentions to save the Ark from spilling off the ox-cart was immediately dispatched when he reached out to touch it. What we fail to remember is that our Father, YHVH, did not save us to spoil us rotten! Paul said
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I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. (Rom 6:19 NAS) He did not pull us out of the cruel slavery of Egypt to lay us upon a goosedown pillow of pleasure, to live a life governed by our own fleshly appetites. I say this because YHVH has made it clear. He says

Leviticus 18:1 ADONAI said to Moshe, 2 "Speak to the people of Isra'el; tell them, 'I am ADONAI your God. 3 You are not to engage in the activities found in the land of Egypt, where you used to live; and you are not to engage in the activities found in the land of Kena'an, where I am bringing you; nor are you to live by their laws. 4 You are to obey my rulings and laws and live accordingly; I am ADONAI your God. 5 You are to observe my laws and rulings; if a person does them, he will have life through them; I am ADONAI. (Lev 18:1-5 CJB)
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In remembering that Adonai loves us, we have to keep in heart & mind that He desires for us to draw near to Him, but He has made it clear how that is to be accomplished; my brother Dr. Jones has expressed one case-in-point, for instance; most folks tend to shy away from the book of 2|Page

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Leviticus. They say, ‗Leviticus is a book written for the Levites, and therefore has very little to do with me‘, but when you look at the word in the Hebrew for Leviticus, or Vayikra—it comes from the verse in Leviticus 1:2 ―Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When any man of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of animals from the herd or the flock. (Lev 1:2 NAS) The word there for ‗bring‘ is qarab. Strongs#7126 ‫ק ַרב‬ ָ and it means

To Come Near-To Approach
To approach who? YHVH! Suddenly we want to begin reading the book! Well, this week‘s parasha is referencing not only the book of Leviticus, but more specifically one of the most important principals of Torah, as represented in what some would say is the most important of all the Feasts of Adonai—Yom HaKippurim—or Day of Coverings. Let‘s press in and dig into YHVH‘s Word and see what He is trying to teach us in KiTisa, or ‗When You Lift‘.
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The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying, 12 "When you take a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for himself to the LORD, when you number them, that there may be no plague among them when you number them. "This is what everyone who is numbered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as a contribution to the LORD. 14 "Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the contribution to the LORD. "The rich shall not pay more, and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to the LORD to make atonement for yourselves. 3|Page
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"And you shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel, and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the LORD, to make atonement for yourselves." (Exo 30:11-16 NAS) The word used there in verse 11 for ‗when you take‘ is from the Hebrew word nâçâh, naw-saw’(Strong‘s#5375); it‘s a primary root and it means to lift, and more specifically is used ‗of the undertaking of the responsibilities for sins of others by substitution or representation. It also means to lift up a load or burden and carry it. In Exodus 30, verse 12 we read,

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Ki tisa et-rosh bnei-Israel, or in English ‗When you take a census of the sons of Israel‘. But literally it reads ‗When you lift the heads of the sons of Isra‘el. This is referencing what today we would typically call, a ‗head count‘, and in this particular function it was for determining the number of males available for military service for the protection of the nation of Isra‘el. Just like the construction of the Mishkan, HaShem has a specific way to account for all those who muster for military service.
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avoid any breakout of plague among them during the time of the census. (Exo 30:12 CJB) The word we read there for census is Rosh, or head, and the word for register, or number depending on the translation you‘re reading is pâqad, paw-kad’ to oversee, muster, charge, care for. There are several words for number , or register, but this particular word suggests that in ―this usage its real meaning is to muster troops or to ascertain the available man-power. It usually concerns soldiers, Levites or priests. It may be noted that the socalled census in Numbers chapter 1 concerns only the adult men ‗able to go forth to war‘ (v.20). It was more than a census; it was an organizing of the troops for battle‖ (Theo. Wrdbk. O.T., 1802 paqad, p.731). Several verses verify this reference is referring to military service, here are a few; Then the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2 "Take a census of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, every male, head by head 3 from twenty years old and upward, whoever is able to go out to war in Israel, you and Aaron shall number them by their armies. (Num 1:1-3 NAS)  Numbers 1:20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 45 We read of King David‘s sin in numbering the troops contrary to YHVH‘s method and therefore suffered a plague that destroyed 70,000 men! Remember that word ‗destroyed‘—we‘re coming back to it in just a moment. So the word reads, ―then each one of them shall give a ransom for

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himself to the LORD” (Ewo.30:12) The word for ransom used in this verse is the Hebrew word kôpher, which comes from the primary root word kâphar, kaw-far’, (Strong‘s#3722) & it means TO COVER, to expiate, to condone, to placate, to cancel, to purge, pardon or pitch; to cover over, propitiate, ransom, atone, expiate. According to Benner‘s Ancient Hebrew Lexicon we can ascertain it also means to cover, a lid, Atonement, a protective covering to go over something or the covering of a debt or wrong. Village; A village is a community outside of the city walls and covered with protection from the city; ―To pacify, to purify (BDB, 497b, 498b) & this was done so ―that there may be no plague among them when you number them. (Exo 30:12 NAS) Why were they in danger of suffering a plague? Because the census, done properly according to YHVH‘s standards was a work of Atonement for Israel, and if Israel disobeyed YHVH‘s command to conduct the census thusly, then there would be no covering!—if no covering, then they were vulnerable and had no protection! Therefore they would suffer a plague. YHVH instructed,
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"Neither shall you do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the LORD your God. 29 "If there is any person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people. (Lev 23:28-29 NAS)

When we study the paleo-Hebrew for the word Kaphar, we discover the root word kippur (J.B. Ancient Hebrew Lexicon, ##2283V). It looks like this in the Paleo. Reading from right to left the first letter is the Kaf and it looks like the open 6|Page

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palm or hand. The next letter is the Pey, and it symbolizes the mouth. The last letter is the Resh, which looks like a head. Remember, on Yom HaKippurim, The Day of Coverings, on The Day of Atonement—The High Priest would transfer the sins of Israel by opening his mouth and speaking them as he laid his hands on the head of the sacrificial animal. The word for plague there is from the word nâgaph, naw-gaf’, and it means to push, gore, defeat, stub the toe, inflict disease. Browns Driver Briggs compares easily with strike, smite, of serious even fatal injury, one‘s foot against, stumble, especially of judgment, causing defeat in battle, striking against which the foot strikes and so stumbles (BDB, 619d, 620b). The significance of this is in understanding that we are not to attempt to use our common-sense practices on how to worship Our Holy God, but rather to abide in His Word that He’s prescribed, Ahmein? The Father is teaching His children an important lesson about the proper way to take account of your military personnel. We discovered later in the book of 2 Samuel chapter 24 that our beloved King David had to learn the hard way that a severe cost is involved if we elect not to adhere to the pattern of walking in His Torah as YHVH had already previously set forth. But the significance behind this lesson as outlined in today‘s parasha is simply one of trust. Who do you put your trust in? YHVH? Or man? David realized he had made a mistake and willingly confessed it, but not without consequences.
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Now David's heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the LORD, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Thy servant, for I have acted very foolishly." (2Sa 24:10 NAS) 7|Page

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Not surprisingly our Heavenly Father demonstrates this lesson quite clearly when we read our haftarah this week, as it outlines the Awesome victory given to the prophet Elijah at Mt. Carmel, when he drew the line in the sand and told King Ahab and Jezebel and all those who ate at their table, And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people did not answer him a word. (1Ki 18:21 NAS)
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YHVH has created the means for all His people to serve Him, but without a humble heart of willingness and obedience—we see the destruction of all these pagan nations surrounding Israel, who have a likeness or appearance of Godliness, but is in truth a mere counterfeit.

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"This is what everyone who is numbered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as a contribution to the LORD. "Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the contribution to the LORD. "The rich shall not pay more, and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to the LORD to make atonement for yourselves. "And you shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel, and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the LORD, to make atonement for yourselves." (Exo 30:1316 NAS) 8|Page
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By giving the half-shekel, this did several things, ALL for the good of Israel and those who registered to serve in the Army of Israel. For one, instead of counting the actual person, now they could ascertain the number of soldiers by simply counting the silver half shekels. This was a reminder that victory was not obtained through an arm of flesh, but rather The Spirit of YHVH that went with them into every battle. The offering of the ‗Contribution‘, or Terumah—which had to come from the willing heart— provided for their protection, or

The children of Israel are coming together in unity to be numbered willingly offering their lives to the protection and SERVICE OF ISRA‘EL. Who does Isra‘el belong to? YHVH? So who are those mustering to SERVE actually SERVING? YHVH! YHVH is absolutely in support of this, but again, if we are going to SERVE Him properly, He requires that we abide by His outline, as set forth in this parsha. The silver half-shekel represents redemption money as silver is recognized throughout scripture as the precious metal symbolic of redemption. Remember Terumah? Silver, or Keceph, Strong‘s#3701, was typically used to by one‘s kinsman redeemer to purchase them out of slavery. Silver as used in the construction of the Mishkan is seen in the construction of the silver sockets and bands to connect the planks that were brought together, united to become the very walls of the Mishkan that would hold up the Tent of Meeting! Later we see in the Levitical system, the people‘s prescribed mode of worship was to bring a clean and spotless sacrifice to the Mishkan where its blood (because the life is in the blood, Lev. 17:11 ) 9|Page

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'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.' (Lev 17:11 NAS) Also we witness Atonement being made on the special Holy Feast day of Yom HaKippurim, or Day of Atonements when the High Priest would place his hands upon the goat and thereby transfer all the sins and defilement onto that animal, at which time it was offered and it‘s blood would be set on the altar of sacrifice and completely burned up and consumed in smoke, which would ―go up‖ into the face of YHVH, and this was considered our appropriate mode of worship and SERVICE. You‘ve perhaps noticed I‘ve stressed the word serve, or service several times in the last few pages. The reason for this is to demonstrate yet another function of the silver half shekel.

The word abodah is the word we see in Exo. 30:12.
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"And you shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel, and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the LORD, to make atonement for yourselves." (Exo 30:16 NAS) However we also see it is the same word used of the service of the High Priest performed on Yom HaKippurim,
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"And they shall not come near to Me to serve as a priest to Me, nor come near to any of My holy things, to the things that are most holy; but they shall bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed. 10 | P a g e

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"Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the house, of all its service, and of all that shall be done in it. (Eze 44:13-14 NAS)
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"Therefore we said, 'Let us build an altar, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; 27 rather it shall be a witness between us and you and between our generations after us, that we are to perform the service of the LORD before Him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, that your sons may not say to our sons in time to come, "You have no portion in the LORD."' (Jos 22:26-27 NAS) When the service is offered to God, it will consist of obedience. The performance of this service is found in the OT ritual and worship, e.g. the people‘s bringing sacrifices (Josh. 22:27) and the service of the Levites and priests (Num. 4:19). It also refers to military service (Ezek. 29:18) (Theo. Wdbk. Of the O.T., p.640) Interestingly…when we were redeemed from the house of bondage, and no longer a slave to Pharaoh, did we cease being a slave? No! We just switched masters! Paul says, For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. (Rom 6:19 NAS) Therefore we are as Ya‘akov, the half-brother of Yeshua, declared, From: Ya'akov, a slave of God and of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah To: The Twelve Tribes in the Diaspora: Shalom! (Jam 1:1 CJB) If we look at slave, or servant in the Hebrew the word is Eved. From slave we also get the words abad (work) & abodah (service)!

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"You are to make a basin of bronze, with a base of bronze, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. 19 Aharon and his sons will wash their hands and feet there 20 when they enter the tent of meetingthey are to wash with water, so that they won't die. Also when they approach the altar to minister by burning an offering for ADONAI, 21 they are to wash their hands and feet, so that they won't die. This is to be a perpetual law for them through all their generations." 22 ADONAI said to Moshe, (Exo 30:17-22 CJB)
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ADONAI said to Moshe,

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Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. (Psa 24:3-6 KJV)
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Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (Jam 4:7-8 KJV)

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The word used here for Laver is Strongs#3564, or kûwr, koor; from an unused root meaning to dig through; a pot or furnace (as if excavated). In the paleo Hebrew it‘s comprised of a Kaf, a Vav, and a Resh. It‘s meaning is to dig, or to examine. Which isn‘t that what the priests were commanded to do when they intended to approach the altar of sacrifice or to go into the Holy place? YHVH required that they wash at the bronze laver first so that they not die. This was a means for the priest to look into the polished bronze surface which stood for judgment, realizing that he had fallen short of YHVH‘s requirement, but at the same time finding cleansing water to cleanse him and make him able now to approach the altar and Holy place to serve YHVH. YHVH requires each of us daily to visit the bronze laver. The bronze laver is there for us to willingly hold our thoughts, actions and motives up to the light of Torah, and then when we realize we too have fallen short, humble ourselves and ask for the cleansing power from that Living Fountain, Yeshua Messiah,
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O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters. 14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. (Jer 17:13-14 KJV)
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He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (Joh 7:38 KJV)
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But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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"In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity. "And it will come about in that day," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land. (Zec 13:1-2 NAS)
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But when the kindness and love for mankind of God our Deliverer was revealed, 5 he delivered us. It was not on the ground of any righteous deeds we had done, but on the ground of his own mercy. He did it by means of the mikveh of rebirth and the renewal brought about by the Ruach HaKodesh, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Yeshua the Messiah, our Deliverer. (Tit 3:4-6 CJB) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1Jo 1:7-9 KJV) YHVH is teaching us about making a distinction between clean and unclean, Holy and profane—YHVH wants to dwell in us, but He requires us to be honest with ourselves and to honestly look in our hearts and come to the Living water that cleanses from all sin. Myrrh, Cinnamon, & Cassia:
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‫ =מֹר‬Myrrh S#4753 meaning bitter or strong, suggests it was distilled, &
therefore used for purity (Esther 2:12)

‫קנָ מֹון‬ ִ = Cinnamon, S#7076. ―Cinnamon has a warm, sweet, pleasing, and
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peculiar. This is the case with all those whose lives have been anointed with the Cinnamon‖ (Lascelle, p.225)

‫קנֶ ה‬ ָ = Cane, or Calamus, S#7070. ―Sweet Calamus..means ‗to stand
upright‘—hence, ‗a cane‘, or ‗reed‘. It usually grows in miry soil. The more this bark is beaten, the sweeter is its fragrance. How like the Christ Who grew in the mire of this world ‗upright‘ and fragrant to God. He was beaten, humiliated, spit upon, and nailed to the Cross of Agony, yet He prayed on behalf of His persecutors, ‗Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.‘ We are to be as He was. The more we are persecuted, the sweeter we are to be, by the enablement of the Holy Ghost, the Heavenly Calamus (Lascelle, p. 225).

‫ק ָדה‬ ִ = Cassia, S#6916. ―The fourth spice was cassia, which grows from a
shrub …only on great heights of around 8,000 feet. As this plant flourished where other plants could not grow, so we see at Calvary‘s height the perfection of Christ in His faithfulness. In the place of His sacrifice for sin there was ielded a ‗peculiar‘ fragrance such as from no other death. Coming from the heights of Calvary is the Holy Ghost Who elevates the receiver to heavenly places, above the elements of the world. Four spices were to be combined with a hin (six quarts) of pure Olive oil…the symbol of the Holy Spirit.‖ (Lascelle, p.226)
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"See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 "And I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 5 and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship. 6 "And behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are 15 | P a g e

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skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you: (Exo 31:2-6 NAS)  Here we have two tribes represented in leadership of building the Mishkan  Judah and Dan  In marching formation; Judah was the first to go forward, Dan was the last  A representation that all tribes were here to build the Mishkan from the first to the last What‘s in A Name?  Exodus 31:2 &6  "I have singled out B'tzal'el –‫ּבצלאל‬  the son of Uri – ‫אּורי‬  the son of Hur,- ‫חּור‬  of the tribe of Y'hudah. – ‫יהּודה‬  as his assistant Oholi'av –‫אהליאב‬  the son of Achisamakh, -‫אחיסמך‬  of the tribe of Dan –‫ּדן‬  in the shadow of God  the son of fire (light)  white linen 16 | P a g e

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 praise of God  as his assistant – the tent of his Father  the brother of support  to judge - rule The people were charged with the construction of the Mishkan, however, YHVH has one thing in particular that He wants them to remember:
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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

"But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. 'Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 'For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. 'So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.' "It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed." (Exo 31:12-17 NAS) WE MUST WORSHIP YHVH THE WAY HE HAS INSTRUCTED! YHVH has prescribed how to worship Him, but what we see next only confirms what each of us today still struggle with, what is it? 17 | P a g e
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True Worship? Or Corruption? READ CHAPTER 32:1-12 What we encounter here is The Israelites demonstrating only so elegantly their lack of ability to discipline themselves. With Moses gone on the mountain, the people had become weary waiting for him. The Talmud says concerning Israel ―What a peculiar people! When solicited to build the tabernacle, they give generously. When solicited to fashion an idol, they give equally generously‖ (Etz Hayim, p.530) But what does YHVH say?
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No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Mat 6:24 KJV) Notice how close the words for Worship & Corrupt are! Shachat= Corrupt and Shachah= To Worship Both connote the sense of sinking. Shachat symbolizes to sink, to trap as in a pit, and Shachah symbolizes to sink, as in to bring down low, to bow or to pay homage to another by bowing low or getting on the knees with the face to the ground.  Do we set up our own ideas and call it God  Do ve accept tradition and vhat ve’ue alvaxs been told  Do we follow the crowd in our beliefs and in how we conduct our life

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 They set up their idea of God and worshipped their idea
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The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. 15 My eyes are always on the LORD, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies (Psa 25:14-15 NLT)      Moses Intercedes for Israel: The intercession of one man Saves the whole nation He then grounds up the calf and puts it in water The people are to drink He gave Israel the test for the unfaithful bride

Moses Asks:  Who is the LORD’S  All the firstborn should have stood up  The Levites did
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Moshe stood at the entrance to the camp and shouted, "Whoever is for ADONAI, come to me!" All the descendants of Levi rallied around him. (Exo 32:26 CJB)
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But now, if you will only forgive their sin-- but if not, erase my name from the record you have written!" 33 But the LORD replied to Moses, "No, I will erase the name of everyone who has sinned against me. 34 Now go, lead the people to the place I told you about. Look! My angel will lead the way before you. And when I come to call the people to account, I will certainly hold them responsible for their sins." 35 Then the LORD sent a great plague upon the people because they had worshiped the calf Aaron had made. (Exo 32:32-35 NLT) What happened? A plague broke out on the people. But why? Yes, they sinned, but specifically what did they lose?? They lost their 19 | P a g e

Exo. 30:11-34:35

1 Kings 18:1-39

1 Cor. 8:4-13

Covering!
Because they took themselves out from under the protective covering of YHVH and placed their allegiance to the golden calf, those who participated in the construction and revelry of the golden calf suffered the consequences of removing themselves from underneath the protective covering of Adonai. "Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. (Eze 44:23 NAS)
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I will send an angel ahead of you; and I will drive out the Kena'ani, Emori, Hitti, P'rizi, Hivi and Y'vusi. 3 You will go to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I myself will not go with you, because you are such a stiffnecked people that I might destroy you on the way." (Exo 33:2-3 CJB)
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Moshe would take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far away from the camp. He called it the tent of meeting. Everyone who wanted to consult ADONAI would go out to the tent of meeting, outside the camp. 8 Whenever Moshe went out to the tent, all the people would get up and stand, each man at his tent door, and look at Moshe until he had gone into the tent. Whenever Moshe entered the tent, the column of cloud would descend and station itself at the entrance to the tent; and ADONAI would speak with Moshe. 10 When all the people saw the column of cloud stationed at the entrance to the tent, they would get up and prostrate themselves, each man at his tent door. (Exo 33:7-10 CJB) What we are witnessing here is because the people have defiled themselves, YHVH HAD TO REMOVE HIS PRESENCE! Remember, YHVH forgives, reconciles and renews… 20 | P a g e
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Exo. 30:11-34:35

1 Kings 18:1-39

1 Cor. 8:4-13

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The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2Pe 3:9 NAS) He wants our heart first. So regardless of how beautiful the outer structure is, regardless of how valuable the raw materials are, if the heart is in rebellion He cannot dwell in you! And this is what happened with the Gold Calf. They made a graven image of a false god, and worshipped it—and what is worse they pinned YHVH‘s Name to it and claimed it to be a Feast unto YHVH! Who does this remind us of?
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"How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 14 'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' (Isa 14:12-14 NAS) To take a false, pagan festival, put YHVH‘s Name on it and celebrate it—is detestable unto YHVH. He cannot tolerate that because He is Holy! He is Righteous—and He has made covenant with us and we‘ve agreed not to participate. So does it give Him much room to do little else when His people who‘ve agreed to adhere to His Mitzvot rebel? YHVH cannot wink at sin, much less people who choose to engage in behavior that imitates the spirit of the anti-christ.
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And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon 21 | P a g e

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1 Kings 18:1-39

1 Cor. 8:4-13

the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exo 34:6-7 KJV) Keeping Mercy…5341 ‫צר‬ ַ ָ‫ נ‬natsar {naw-tsar'} Meaning: 1) to guard, watch, watch over, keep 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to watch, guard, keep 1a2) to preserve, guard from dangers 1a3) to keep, observe, guard with fidelity 1a4) to guard, keep secret 1a5) to be kept close, be blockaded 1a6)
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Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: 13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: 14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: (Exo 34:12-14 KJV) 0312 ‫חר‬ ֵ‫א‬ ַ 'acher {akh-air'} Meaning: 1) another, other, following 1a) following, further 1b) other, different.  Your God is called ONE  ‫אחד‬  You shall have no part with other gods  ‫אחר‬  The adversary will always try to counterfeit what YHWH wants 33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face. 34 But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. 22 | P a g e

Exo. 30:11-34:35

1 Kings 18:1-39

1 Cor. 8:4-13

35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him. (Exo 34:33-35 KJV)  What is more, their minds were made stonelike; for to this day the same veil remains over them when they read the Old Covenant; it has not been unveiled, because only by the Messiah is the veil taken away.  THE VEIL WAS TAKEN AWAY – NOT THE TORAH  THE TORAH IS THE SAME  THE DIFFERENCE IS IN THE PERSON READING THE TORAH
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What is more, their minds were made stonelike; for to this day the same veil remains over them when they read the Old Covenant; it has not been unveiled, because only by the Messiah is the veil taken away. 15 Yes, till today, whenever Moshe is read, a veil lies over their heart. 16 "But," says the Torah, "whenever someone turns to ADONAI, the veil is taken away." 17 Now, "ADONAI" in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of ADONAI is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into his very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by ADONAI the Spirit. (2Co 3:14-18 CJB) If We are going to truly walk in the spirit of Torah, then we must realize that Yeshua, our spotless lamb, offered his Life, His Blood to lift the veil from our minds and our hearts. When we walk in His Way—The Living Torah—We then understand how to be blessed by remaining under His protective Covering, The covering of His Sacrifice that cleanses us, and Makes us Holy so that we can Worship YHVH in Spirit & in Truth. Ahmein.

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