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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

VaYakhel 22-5

And (he) caused them to gather

Exodus 36:20 – 37:16

They made upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle... They overlaid the frames with gold and made gold rings to hold the crossbars. They also overlaid the crossbars with gold.

Ex. 36:20, 34 NIV

What does the gold-covered wood symbolize?

Wood symbolizes the human nature. Gold symbolizes the divine. Each frame of the tabernacle symbolizes a righteous member of the Eternal's congregation. The first of these two verses says that the frames had to be placed vertically. The Hebrew text says that they had to be standing. The second text says that the frames had to be overlaid or covered with gold.

From the first text we can learn that when the Eternal wants to form His house of mortal men He doesn't wish for them to be lying, crushed, ashamed or humiliated, but standing up, lifted up and walking straight as it is written in Leviticus 26:13: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect." (ESV)

The second text shows us that in order to form a house for the Eternal we must be covered with the divine. There are many divine features and things given to us from heaven and all of them are meant to cover the righteous ones: the Torah, divine justice, the Messiah, the power of the Spirit, divine nature, incorruption, immortality, etc.

On the one hand, the Eternal has already given us these things by grace, but on the other hand, we haven't been overlaid with them completely yet. That's why we have the Torah's narration that accounts for all these things having to be done by Bezalel and his team of workers. On the one hand, we already have it, but on the other, we have to make an effort to achieve it.

Through salvation you have been lifted so you don't have to be crushed anymore. Get up and walk upright because your Elohim has redeemed you from bondage in Messiah Yeshua.

Receive the divine by grace, not by works, but at the same time, make an effort to be totally overlaid with it. "Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Yeshua the Messiah... Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity... clothe yourselves with humility toward one another" (Rom 13:14a; Col 3:12-14; 1 Peter 5:5b NIV revised)

Kol tuv, all the best,


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