Yesterday in synagogue we read
–Exodus 38:21 – 40:38
–Kings I 7:51 – 8:21.
The census, the Holy Tabernacle, and the Shechina (God’s presence).
The real Biblical census involves community members who 1) meet age criteria (20+) & 2) are counted by contribution.
Exodus 38:26: “One bekka per head…half a shekel according to the holy shekel for each one who goes through the counting, from 20 years old and upward”
God’s presence does not rest in the Holy Tabernacle until it is fully complete.
Exodus 40:17-38 (commentary in the Bible listed in #1, p. 539)
“Until every part was in place, no part had the status of a Tabernacle.”
Why is this important now?
Because the Holy Land will also be complete and restored to its Biblical boundaries.
Israel is not divisible by man.
How do we get to peace in Israel?
Exodus 40:17-18: “The Mishkan (Tabernacle) was set up” – “Moses set up the Mishkan.”
Why does the Bible repeat itself?
This never happens without a deeper reason.
Stone Bible, p. 535, commentary explains.
“Moses had not had a share in the actual work of the Tabernacle, God wanted him to have the honor.”
“Seeing how heavy it was, he asked God, ‘How can anyone?’” (e.g., lift it)
“GOD TOLD HIM TO MAKE THE ATTEMPT AND THE TABERNACLE WOULD STAND ON ITS OWN, AS IF HE HAD PUT IT UP.”
Therefore, the Bible states in the passive voice, “The Tabernacle was erected,” to imply (that) although Moses tried to erect it, it stood up by itself, miraculously.”
Patriots: The traitors are going to try and take us down.
Just do your part.
God will do the rest for us.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.