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20 TETZAVEH - YOU ARE TO ORDER - EXODUS 27:20-30:10

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וְאַתָּה תְּצַוֶּה אֶת־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ אֵלֶיךָ שֶׁמֶן זַיִת זָךְ כָּתִית לַמָּאֹור לְהַעֲלֹת נֵר תָּמִֽיד

v'atah tetzaveh eht-b'ney yisra'el v'yik'chu eylehkha shemen tzayit tzach kateet lamaor l'ha'alot ner tamid

"You are to order the people of Isra'el to bring you pure oil of pounded olives for the light, and to keep a lamp burning continually."


Welcome to Parashat Tetzaveh. With the exception of the Golden Calf incident coming up in chapters 32-34, the details of the Mishkan, with the Priestly Temple duties take up the remainder of our study in the book of Sh’mot. Why is the Sovereign of the Universe so determined to give us the minute details concerning each important piece and function of his Tabernacle? While I cannot be dogmatic about my answer, I believe that a thorough study of Hebrews, the most informative book of the B’rit Chadashah (the New Covenant) concerning this subject, would give us our answer: our Great High Priest Yeshua is the reality of every type and shadow, described about in the Torah. Why won’t I be dogmatic about a well-known fact such as this? Because, while it is true that Yeshua can be found in almost every single piece and function of the Mishkan, the Mishkan was in fact, a temporary dwelling structure built for the Glory of HaShem, for the express purpose of making his dwelling among his people. The Mishkan was not the man Yeshua. If we negate the “natural,” we might lose sight of its significance for the people of that day. Consequently, we may stray down the dangerous path of spiritualizing away some of the literal promises and blessings that are due to the People of Isra’el, in the process. In our haste to apply Yeshua to everything that we find in the Torah, we just might inadvertently replace God’s natural people in the process.
— Parashat Tetzaveh