In the last chapter we saw how Moshe called on the people of Israel to contribute towards the construction project. We sent out an article a few days ago that told how the recently formed Sanhedrin is now planning to begin construction on the Temple. They are planning on building it off site and then when the time is right, they will move it into place on the Temple mount. They are looking for contributions to help with the project. It is fitting that we are studying the ancient Tabernacle and exciting to see that the new Temple is just around the corner. Prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes. We have known that the Temple will be rebuilt because the Bible tells us that during the future Tribulation period an idol of the Anti-Messiah will be set up in the Temple defiling the Temple. This event is known as the abomination of desolation and was predicted by Daniel. The time of Messiah's coming is near. Are you ready for His coming?
Sh'mot 36:1-7 "Now B'tzal'el (Bezalel) and Oholi'av (Oholiab), and every skillful person in whom the L-RD has put skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work in the construction of the sanctuary, shall perform in accordance with all that the L-RD has commanded." Then Moshe called B'tzal'el (Bezalel) and Oholi'av (Oholiab) and every skillful person in whom the L-RD had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to the work to perform it. And they received from Moshe all the contributions, which the sons of Israel had brought to perform the work in the construction of the sanctuary. And they still continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. And all the skillful men who were performing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work, which he was performing, and they said to Moshe, "The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the L-RD commanded us to perform." So Moshe issued a command, and a proclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, "Let neither man nor woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary." Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more. For the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it.
The ceremonial work has not been done on Mount Moriah for many years. When Yeshua offered Himself up this was sufficient to take away our sin for eternity.
Hebrews 10:1-13 For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never by the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, "Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired, But a body Thou hast prepared for Me; In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast taken no pleasure. "Then I said, 'Look, I have come (In the roll of the book it is written of Me) To do Thy will, O G-d.'" After saying above, "Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast not desired, nor hast Thou taken pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, "Look, I have come to do your will." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Yeshua HaMashiach once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of G-d, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet.
This does not mean that the ceremonial work, or service, will not be "raised" again and done at a future time. It will still remind people of their sin and point us to our Messiah. It reminds us also how awful the consequences of sin can be.
Sh'mot 36: 8-13 And all the skillful men among those who were performing the work made the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet material, with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman, B'tzal'el made them. The length of each curtain was twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains had the same measurements. And he joined five curtains to one another, and the other five curtains he joined to one another. And he made loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set; he did likewise on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the second set. He made fifty loops in the one curtain and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was in the second set; the loops were opposite each other. And he made fifty clasps of gold, and joined the curtains to one another with the clasps, so the tabernacle was a unit.
Fifty loops - Fifty has to do with the meaning of deliverance, rest and jubilee. Jubilee meant the freedom for a slave from service. The slave was free from the debt that they had owed.
Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:39-41 And if a countryman of yours becomes so poor with regard to you that he sells himself to you, you shall not subject him to a slave's service. He shall be with you as a hired man, as if he were a sojourner; he shall serve with you until the year of jubilee.
In the ceremonial system all could have their debt of sin covered and they were pardoned from their wrongs until the next offering. In the "new way" our spiritual debt, or sin, is taken away for eternity. Yeshua declared liberty to the captives.
Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 61:1The Spirit of the L-rd G-D is upon me, Because the L-RD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives, And freedom to prisoners; (cf: Luke 4:18)
Luke 4:16-22 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of the L-rd is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are downtrodden, To proclaim the favorable year of the L-rd. " And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
Yeshua came to set us free. We are free from sin and death, which will no longer have a hold over us. We are no longer held captive by our sin and one day will be able to rise again and go to the world above. Just like those who have gone before us.
The corresponding letter to this chapter is Nun - Faithfulness; soul; downfall and rising again.
To those who abide in the Word:
Yochanan (John) 8:31-32 Then Yeshua said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
To some who do not abide in the Word and do not believe:
Yochanan (John) 8:21-24 He said therefore again to them, "I go away, and you shall seek Me, and shall die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." Therefore the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?" And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. "I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins." NAS
Yochanan (John) 8:30-36They answered Him, "We are Avraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?" Yeshua answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.