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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Ki Tisah 21-1

When you lift up

Exodus 30:11 – 31:17

You shall beat some of it very small, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you. It shall be most holy for you.

Ex. 30:36 ESV

Would you like to have intimacy with the Eternal?

There are one hundred and forty places in the Scriptures where the tabernacle is called “the tent of meeting” – in Hebrew ohel moed, אהל מועד. That teaches us the importance of having a personal relationship with the Eternal. There is a place for a heavenly meeting. Where is that place? It is the most sacred place above the mercy seat. That is the meeting place in the temples and in man as well. Within the innermost recesses of our hearts there is a place where the believer can meet the Eternal.

The text that we are looking at now says that incense is to be placed before the testimony where the Eternal meets each individual. The incense symbolizes the knowledge received through revelation from the Torah, the Word of the Eternal, (compare with 2 Cor 2:14-15). 

When it says to beat (grind) some of it very finely and to put some of it before the testimony where there is an intimate meeting, we can compare it to what happens when we take a small part of the Scriptures that the Spirit has revealed to us, and grind it, think about it, and then take it to prayer in our daily prayer times. Thus we will have a meeting with the Eternal. The foundation for having a meeting the Eternal is the revelation of the Scriptures. 

When you read the Torah and receive light over a text that moves your soul, then you have found incense. You can then grind it and carry it before the Eternal in order to meet him. Keep that passage close. Study it. Search to find its Hebrew meaning. Learn it by heart and use it when you come before the Eternal. Then you will meet him, as it is written: “the most sacred of the sacred” (“most holy”). It can also be understood as “the most intimate of the intimate”, as it is written in Song of Songs 1:2-4, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine; your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you. Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you.”(ESV)

The Eternal longs for intimacy with you. Use the incense that you have, grind it and come before Him with it, and then you will see…

Shavua tov,


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