Sh'mot (Exodus) Chapter 31

Sh'mot 31:1-5 Now the L-RD spoke to Moshe, saying, "See, I have called by name B'tzal'el (Bezalel), the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Y'hudah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of G-d in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship.

Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) would come upon the people who lived during the Tanakh period to enable them to perform a particular job. Once that job was completed He would leave them. Since Yeshua ascended into heaven He sent us "the comforter", another name for Ruach HaKodesh. Now, Ruach HaKodesh permanently indwells those who have accepted Yeshua as their Messiah.

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit of G-d), by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (NAS)

The Spirit led them to design the temple treasures after the design of the originals in the other world above. The temple treasures all pointed to Yeshua. Interestingly the name B'tzal'el (Bezalel) means "the shadow" or "the shade". These vessels where all a shadow of whom they represent.

Hebrews 8:4-5 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Torah, who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moshe was warned by G-d when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, "See," He says, "that you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain."

Colossians 2:16-18 Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day-- things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Messiah.

We use these things to worship the "real deal". It is not the shadow but the substance, the Messiah that should be glorified. If you follow the shadow you end up with the Messiah who is the only one who can make us complete and fulfill our spiritual hunger. If we confess our shortcomings.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. RSV

Sh'mot 31:6-11 And look, I Myself have appointed with him Oholi'av (Oholiab), the son of Achisamakh (Ahisamach), of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of testimony, and the mercy seat upon it, and all the furniture of the tent, the table also and its utensils, and the pure gold menorah (lampstand) with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering also with all its utensils, and the laver and its stand, the woven garments as well, and the holy garments for Aaron the cohen (priest), and the garments of his sons, with which to carry on their priesthood; the anointing oil also, and the fragrant incense for the holy place, they are to make them according to all that I have commanded you. "

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Tet-serpent; objective good-that which appears evil but is for our improvement.

Interestingly, the tribe of Dan is mentioned. The description of Dan in B'resheet (Genesis) and what was prophesized about them fits the meaning of our corresponding letter exactly.

B'resheet 49:16-18 "Dan shall judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel. "Dan shall be a SERPENT in the way, a horned snake in the path, That bites the horse's heels, So that his rider falls backward. "For your salvation I wait, O L-RD.

The tribe of Dan protected Israel's western side but positioned itself later to the north. It would spy on others lurking in the sand like a snake. It would also strike like a snake. (See Judges 18:17;18:27-28) Samson, from the tribe of Dan, was the last Judge. With the help of the L-rd, he also struck his enemies hard and fast like a snake. He was salvation from oppression of the Philistines not only in life but also with his death.

Notice the passage in B'resheet 49:18 states: "For your salvation I wait, O L-rd."

This is an interesting verse and is described as Messianic later in the Targums. I would have to agree. However, they refer to Samson only but I would say on a different level the last section also refers to our wonderful Messiah Yeshua and the salvation He offers to us. Spiritual Salvation comes from the L-rd. The Messiah, who is the ultimate fulfillment, is not only the Son of David but also the Son of the Most High G-d. He is also called Immanuel, G-d with us (Isaiah 9). He conquered Adam's old adversary HaSatan, or the serpent of old, through his death.

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah all shall be made alive. But each in his own order: Messiah the first fruits, after that those who are Messiah's at His coming, then comes the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to the G-d and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that G-d may be all in all.