Monday, 22 February 2021
Question of the day: What is our “take-away” from the last verse of Exodus 25?
Answer: Exodus 25:40 "See that you make them according to their pattern being shown to you on the mountain." God is calling Moses (and us as well) to be “master-builders” following His blueprints. This is strangely described in the Bible as we are both the builders and the building.
Ephesians 2:19-22 "So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household. You have been built on+the foundation made up of the emissaries and prophets, with Messiah Yeshua Himself being the cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being fitted together, is growing+into a holy temple for the Lord. In Him, you also are being built together into God’s dwelling place in the Ruach."
Rav Shaul (the apostle, Paul) describes himself as a “master builder.” 1 Corinthians 3:10a "According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a skilled master
builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it." Then he warns us about “how” we build ... 1 Corinthians 3:10b "But let each consider carefully how he builds on it."
Then, finally, we are admonished to build upon the foundation of Yeshua. 1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no one can lay any other foundation than what is already laid - which is Yeshua the Messiah. So we build upon the rock, and that rock is Yeshua." 1 Corinthians 10:4 "and all drank the same spiritual drink - for they were drinking from a spiritual rock that followed them, and the Rock was Messiah."
The blueprint is described in the Bible as having both ancient paths and new paths. Jeremiah 6:16a "Thus says Adonai: Stand in the roads and look. Ask for the ancient paths - where the good way is — and walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls." And the new way ... Hebrews 10:20 "He inaugurated a new and living way for us through the curtain — that is, His flesh."
The “new way” is the giving of the Holy Spirit which empowers us to walk the ancient paths. Here’s a parting gift as we bring this to a close ... remember that God cannot contradict Himself. The old way and the new way will never make God a liar. Hebrews 6:17-18 "In the same way God, determining to point out more clearly to the heirs of the+promise the unchanging nature of His purpose, guaranteed it with an oath. So by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for+refuge might have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us."
The promise is access to God behind the veil. Hebrews 6:19 "We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, both firm and steady - a hope that enters the inner place behind the+curtain. Thus, we fulfill our role as priests."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,