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Torah: Sh’mot 38:21-40:38

Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings 7:51-8:21)
Brit Chadasha: Revelation 15:5-8
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This week‟s parasha is Pekudey, or accounts and recounts all the
furnishing of the Mishkan, their significance and why YHVH emphasizes
the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle is discussed, including its offerings and
service in a total of 50 chapters of His Word. There are 13 chapters in
Exodus, 18 in Leviticus, 13 in Numbers, 2 in Deuteronomy, and 4 chapters
of the book of Hebrews. If I may share from Ruth Lascelle‟s book
A Dwelling Place for God she writes,
“For the Sanctuary was prepared by the hands of God
Himself (Ex.15:17) and was not only a revelation from Him, but
also a revelation of Him. Here it is we meet with God face to face
and learn to know Him, for in this Tabernacle story He is
pictured in His fullness” (p.1).
Hosea 12:10 says “I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied
visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.” More than
any other device the Father uses the Tabernacle as The definitive picture of
our relationship with Him, so it‟s important that we stop, and dwell upon
the things that YHVH has deemed important according to His Word.
We begin the final portion in Exodus with Pekudey. Which means to
be numbered, counted for, a record. Didn‟t we recently study the
significance of what it means to be counted, to be numbered? In our study
of Ki-Tisa, or „When You Lift‟, we studied how the headcount of those who
mustered in Service of defense of Israel were to properly be „numbered‟
right? And we discussed a very significant issue about a wrong way and
right way to be numbered in the Kingdom of YHVH. Because what was the
purpose or outcome of numbering according to God‟s way?

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 To be of service to The Tabernacle (the offering of the silver half-
 To be atoned for, to have YHVH‟s covering of protection as Israel
pressed into Canaan and warred against pagan nations to remove
them from the land YHVH swore to them.
 To guard against their own destruction, and the outbreak of any
So here in this week‟s parasha, the same issue comes to the forefront.
We‟re examining all of the furnishings of the Tabernacle and all of them
including the raw materials that were brought by the children of Israel to
craft all of it‟s furnishings were numbered as well. Why? Etz Hayyim‟s
commentary puts it this way,
“Moses gives a detailed accounting of the expenditures for
fashioning the tabernacle and its furnishings. Some Israelites
knew that they would have taken advantage of handling all that
gold and silver for their own enrichment. They suspected Moses
of being no better than they were. Thus the Midrash emphasizes
that leaders of the community must be above any suspicion of
personal aggrandizement. The family that prepared the incense
for the Temple services would never let their relatives wear
perfume, lest some people suspect them of using Temple incense
for their personal benefit. The official who supervised the shekel
offering would wear a special garment with no pockets and no
long sleeves when he did so, so that no one could suspect him of
pocketing public funds. A person should strive o please people as
strenuously as one strives to please God.” (footnote, p.564).
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So as we enter into the study of the “Record, or Numbering” of the
Mishkan‟s raw materials and furnishings, we do so with the forethought
that it‟s pointing us to a similitude of something greater than merely taking
an inventory…let‟s continue.The word to the right there is the name of our
Final parasha in the book of
Exodus, or Shemot. What is
the meaning of Shemot?
Names, Reputation—yes, but
most importantly it has to do
with the character of a person. In
this case, whose character are we discovering in the „Record‟ of the

Pekudey comes from Strongs#H6485 דקפ
paqad, pronounced paw-kad' and it means:A primitive root; to visit (with friendly
or hostile intent); by analogy to oversee, muster, charge, care for, miss, deposit,
etc.: - appoint, X at all, avenge,
bestow, (appoint to have the, give
a) charge, commit, count, deliver to
keep, be empty, enjoin, go see, hurt, do
judgment, lack, lay up look, make X by any means, miss, number, officer, (make)
overseer have (the) oversight, punish, reckon, (call to) remember (-brance), set
(over), sum, X surely, visit, want.
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In the Paleo its root word looks like this, and as we study the letters
one at a time we begin to get a clearer picture of what it truly means to
oversee, and to number. The „Pey‟ shaped like a mouth means to blow,
scatter, enter, command, or open. The Kuf shaped like a sun setting at the
horizon means to be behind, last, rise, east, cycle, time, distinguish,
condense, and gather. The Dalet, akin to an upside down hat means to
move, hang, enter, open, path and way. If we remember what we‟ve learned
about Hebrew words, specifically 3-letter root words is they are typically
like a house; comprised of a base 2-letter root word, these 2 letters
represent the sides of the home, and then inside they house the middle
word in the interior. and together they oftentimes reveal a much deeper
meaning than it‟s pashat meaning. In this case the 2 letter root word is
„Pahd‟, consisting of the Pey and the Dalet. Placed together it means
„Redeem’, and the Kuf in the central part of the word, or the interior letter
housed in this word among many other definitions means to Rise.
So when we look at the deeper meaning of the word for a „Record, and what
it means to Number‟ we learn that


This is significant because again we‟re learning that in this specific
situation YHVH has provided the means to keep His people above
reproach, and a way to receive His protection, His blessing by obtaining
records, or taking an inventory the way YHVH has prescribed.
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In fact, when we examine the pictographic meaning behind the
opening statement of the portion reveals a remarkable truth of our
Messiah. Let‟s look:

These are the records of the Tabernacle (Exo 38:21 TNK), so the
Scripture begins; and from a eye-level observation it tells us, „okay, we‟re
getting ready to read a list of all the materials that were used to construct
the Mishkan‟. But Hebraically? Pictographically? Oh boy, something so
much more central to Messiah is truly being revealed! Look back at the
Hebrew of verse 21 again and follow along with me.

Reading from Right to Left let’s examine these few letters.
-Alef, meaning first, strength, Yoke
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-Lamed, means Shepherd‟s Staff, Shepherd‟s Authority, The Shepherd.
-Heh, means to behold, sigh or to Reveal.
So the first word of the portion is recognized as „These are‟, but
pictographically it prepares us by informing us that „The Yoke of The
Shepherd is Revealed‟. What does it reveal? We have to continue to find
The next word is the title of our Torah portion, peh, or fehkudey. We‟ve
already taken an indepth look at the root of this word, but if we continue to
examine just the text pictographically it compares this way. Taken from the
The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Rabbi Munk, a Peh refers to the
mouth, and from the mouth YHVH breathed His breath, or spirit into man
giving man a measure of His Spirit. The Kuf is symbolic of the Holiness of
YHVH and also that of man because YHVH has called man to be Kadosh
(holy) because HE is Kadosh.
The Vav, or Waw does mean to add, secure, pierce or join, but it also
refers to physical completion. Vav also represents the number 6, or the
sixth day of creation upon which physical creation was completed on the
sixth day. The 2-letter root word of the Dalet-Yod or Dah means “All-
sufficient”. HaMishkan, or „The Dwelling‟ is the place patterned after the
heavenly original one YHVH instructed Moses to task Israel to construct so
that He could “dwell” among His people. So, if examined pictographically
we realize YHVH was confirming His plan all along in that

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So, Let us begin to examine the materials, furnishings and utensils used in
the construction and day to day operations of the Tabernacle service to
And with him was Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of
Dan, an engraver and a skillful workman and a weaver in blue and
in purple and in scarlet material, and fine linen. (Exo 38:23 NAS)
Blue= <08504> ת ֶ ל ֵ כ ּ ת (tekeleth) (1067b) When studying these colors
we ascribe the Heavenly places where God‟s abode is. In the Paleo the word
reads as i
) fJ®f (!"2! TK-LT) - Blue: [Unknown connection to
root] [freq. 50] |kjv: blue| {str: 8504} Sealed by the marks in the hands
of the Shepherd. Where is Yeshua now? Seated at the right hand of The
Father. Blue reminds us of Heaven, of YHVH, and His Son seated at His
right Hand.
Purple=<0713> ןּ מּגְ רא (argaman) (71a) Meaning: purple, red-
purple. In the Paleo, H713 Strongs #713: AHLB#: 1440-C (pm)
1440) LÜ (.¨ RG) ac: Trample co: Rug ab: Thought: The pictograph
Ü is a picture of the head of a man, the L is a picture of a foot.
Combined these mean "man of feet". The treading underfoot of
something. A woven rug as something tread upon. (eng: rug - as woven
and trampled on; harangue; wrong) pm
) 'xLÜ[ (]C.¨N AR-G-
MN) - Purple: A reddish-purple color used to dye yarn and used in
weaving. [freq. 38] |kjv: purple| {str: 713}Purple is identified as the color
in Scripture as the perfect mixture of both the Blue, of Heaven, and Red, of
Earth, giving further reference to Yeshua who came down from Heaven, to
earth to redeem us—Completely God, and Completely Man, thus the
reference to the resh, or head, top—and to the feet which are located at the
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bottom of the body that typically touch the earth. Not incidentally, look
back at the word in the Paleo for Purple: Alef-Resh-Gimel-Mem-Nun, or
God/Yoke, Head/man, Feet/Carry, Water, Life—God‟s Yoke is for man to
carry the Living Water! When we receive Yeshua are we not completed? Do
we not then become the perfect mixture of Heaven and Earth?
Scarlet= Scarlet, or Red is the color of the earth, or Adamah, from
which man or Adam was taken and was said to be Red as in the color of
blood. <08144> יִנ ּ ש (shani) (1040c) Meaning: scarlet. In the Paleo we
learn H8438 Strongs #8438: AHLB#: 1269-L (i) 1269) æJ (V"
LAh) ac: Swallow co: Throat ab: ?
) æJ¡f (V"`! TW-LAh) - I. Crimson: The color of the throat. II.
Worm: A crimson colored worm. The understanding is that man, is in
comparison to our creator, like a the lowly worm, who is sustained upon
eating the earth.

Job 25:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, Dominion and
fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places. Is there any
number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise? How
then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is
born of a woman? Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea,
the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a
worm? and the son of man, which is a worm? (Job 25:1-6)

Fine Linen= <08336> ש ׁ ש (shesh) (1058c) Meaning: byssus
Origin: of for. or. Usage: fine linen(37), finely linen(1). In Rabbi Munk‟s
Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet the Shin stands high among the sacred
letters because it represents two names of God. Shaddai, the All-Sufficient,
Unlimited One, and Shalom, or Peace.
So what we see in Lascelle‟s book A Dwelling place for GOD, that “The
High Priest, as well as his sons had to wear white linen garments close to
his body. These were to be holy garments. Linen represents righteousness
and therefore can be called “holy”.
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Lev 16:4 He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the
linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle,
and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy
garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put
them on.

Rev 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not
defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for
they are worthy.
Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white
raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but
I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Gold=<02091> בּ הּז (zahab) (262c) Meaning: gold. Gold is symbolic
of Divinity as Gold was the material used closest to the indwelling presence
of YHVH in the Holy and Holy of Holies within the Mishkan. It represents
the best we have to offer, so we too, like the children of Israel need to
consciously bring our best everyday in service to YHVH.

Silver=<03701> ףּ סּ כ (keseph) (494a) Meaning: silver, money.
H3701 Strongs #3701: AHLB#: 2277 (N) 2277) =*® (¶C2 KSP)
ac: Desire co: Silver ab: ?: A metal desired because of its value.
Universally used as a form of money. V) =*® (¶C2 K-SP) - Desire:
[freq. 6] (vf: Paal, Niphal, Participle) |kjv: desire, long, greedy, sore|
{str: 3700} N
) =*® (¶C2 K-SP) - Silver: A desired metal.
[Hebrew and Aramaic] [freq. 416] |kjv: silver, money, price, silverling|
{str: 3701, 3702}

Sockets= H134 Strongs #134: AHLB#: 1083-C (N)
1083) '= (]¨ DN) ac: Rule co: Ruler ab: Quarrel: The pictograph
= is a picture of a door. The ' is a picture of a seed representing the
idea of life. Combined these pictures mean "the door of life". The
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ancient Hebrew concept of a "judge" is one who restores life. The goal
of one that rules or judges is to bring a pleasant and righteous life to the
people. This can also mean a deliverer as one whom restores life to his
people. (eng: damn - with an added m; dean - as a judge)
A) '= (]¨ DN) ac: Quarrel co: ? ab: ?: A quarrel requiring the
need of a ruler or judge to mediate the incident.
C) '=[ (]¨N ADN) ac: ? co: Base ab: Lord: The foundation of a
column or pillar as the support of the structure.
) '=[ (]¨N A-DN) - Base: [freq. 56] |kjv: socket, foundation|
{str: 134}

Bronze= <05178> תּ שחְנ (nechosheth) (638d) Meaning: copper,
bronze H5178 Strongs #5178: AHLB#: 2395 (c2)
2395) mn' (2l. NHhSh) ac: ? co: Bronze ab: ?
) fm¡n' (!2`l. N-HhW-ShT) - Bronze: [freq. 141] |kjv:
brass, brasen, fetters, chain, copper, filthiness, steel| {str: 5178}

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