they shall give – a half shekel as a portion to Yahweh.
Everyone . . . shall give the portion of Yahweh.
(V.15) . . .
give the portion of Yahweh.
around half-shekel for everyone to see.]
was allowed only by counting the required offering, not by head-count. Thus,
only the faithful (over twenty years old) were counted – those who contributed
to have an equal part in providing for the Tabernacle / Holy Temple. The rich
and poor were to give the same “portion”. This may have a spiritual
significance: we all are under the same requirement to provide place in our
hearts for God – and time dedicated for worship and devotion.
up picture from Temple Institute of Brass Laver.]
Washing at the
bronze laver was for sanctity, not physical cleanliness. Picture this: because
of the Hebrew wording, that the hands were to be washed together with the feet,
the priests would wash the right hand and right foot together, then the left
hand and left foot together. They were required to portray holiness in their
walk and actions in dealing with holy things, and they were required to portray
holiness in their walk and actions when dealing with evil. This is a picture of
Messiah Yeshua, and we should follow in holiness.
The laver is
the basis for the rabbinic institution of washing the hands before prayer: we
should have sin confessed and be dedicated to God to properly pray (James 5:16,
1 John 1:9).
“20 when they
enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, that they may not die; or
when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire
sacrifice to Yahweh.”
If it were
said that they would “die if they did not wash”, that would imply immediate
death; but “washing so that they do not die” implies eventual death for the
up bottle with hin of olive oil.]
more than a gallon of olive oil was prepared by Moses, with the addition of
myrrh and cinnamon and other fragrant spices.
This is called
the oil of holy anointment. Olive oil does not mix with other liquids: it
symbolizes separation – being holy / separated unto God.
It was to be
used to consecrate the vessels of the Tabernacle / Temple. These vessels were of
such a degree of sanctity that whatever touched them became holy. This does not
refer to things that should not be placed in the vessels and could not attain
holiness, but to their normal contents, such as oil or flour for offerings. Thus
we are instructed to respect things that are consecrated for God’s service –
things that God has instituted, not idolatrous things.
oil was used to consecrate the sons of Aaron, Kings of Israel, and High Priests.
It is taught (in Orthodox circles) that Moses made the only batch, and that its
remainder will be found only when Messiah comes.
up pictures of golden censor and golden incense altar.]
frankincense for everyone to smell.]
Torah lesson dealt with prayer and the incense altar.
anointed with the special oil (2 Kings 11:12). He became King of Israel at seven
years of age, and did what was pleasing in Yahweh’s sight (2 Kings 11:21-12:1).
He had the “portions” brought in to repair the Temple.
teaches against setting our hearts upon money; doing so is causative of
dishonesty and oppression. (As James expounds, the love of money is the root of
all kinds of evil.) We are to rely completely upon Elohim (the Judge of
creation), Who will recompense every man according to his actions. We are to
seek holiness, not riches. With this attitude, we will gladly provide the
required portions (terumot) and freewill offerings for building and
maintaining God’s sanctuary.
Money is like
fire: either can be beneficial or destructive, depending upon how it is used.
Ultimately, either can be beneficial or destructive to our eternal reward.
ourselves as recipients of Yeshua’s righteousness.
says “to make atonement for yourselves.” Romans 5:11 says that through Yeshua
“we have now received the atonement.” Paul makes a well-thought-out explanation.
We have been
justified by Yeshua through faith.
we all became subject to death – death for sin, even those who don’t commit the
same sin as Adam, even those who had no law to instruct them otherwise. Thia is
not teaching “Adamic sin – sin that is imputed to us from Adam, it is teaching
that we all have inherited a sinful nature, and act contrary to glorifying God:
we miss the mark.
Though Adam is
a forerunner to Messiah Yeshua, there is a difference. Through Yeshua’s
righteousness, we are accounted as righteous – that is the second atonement, the
first being our sin accounted to Yeshua, who suffered for it.
Now, we are to
grow in grace, and live in holiness.
be difficult for us, knowing that we are sinful beyond even our understanding,
to view ourselves as righteous. But we should understand that God calls us the
righteous, and we should live accordingly, displaying holiness, even as the
priests were to do by cleansing at the laver.
[Portions 16 & 17 combined for this Cycle -
begin with Y2-16
Blessing and Torah portion for this Sabbath]
Yahweh also spoke to Moses, saying, 12 "When you take a census of the
sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for
himself to Yahweh, when you number them, so that there will be no plague among
them when you number them. 13 "This is what everyone who is numbered
shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel
is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as a contribution to Yahweh. 14
"Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the
contribution to Yahweh. 15 "The rich shall not pay more and the poor
shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to
Yahweh to make atonement for yourselves. 16 "You shall take the
atonement money from the sons of Israel and shall give it for the service of the
tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before Yahweh,
to make atonement for yourselves."
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 18 "You shall also make a laver of
bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the
tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. 19
"Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from it; 20
when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they
will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in
smoke a fire sacrifice to Yahweh. 21 "So they shall wash their hands
and their feet, so that they will not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute
for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations."
Moreover, Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 23 "Take also for yourself
the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant
cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred
and fifty, 24 and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of
the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin. 25 "You shall make of these a
holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a
holy anointing oil. 26 "With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting
and the ark of the testimony, 27 and the table and all its utensils,
and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, 28 and
the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand.
29 "You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy;
whatever touches them shall be holy.
"You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may
minister as priests to Me. 31 "You shall speak to the sons of Israel,
saying, 'This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations.
32 'It shall not be poured on anyone's body, nor shall you make any
like it in the same proportions; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you.
33 'Whoever shall mix any like it or whoever puts any of it on a layman
shall be cut off from his people.'"
Then Yahweh said to Moses, "Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and
galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each.
35 "With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a
perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. 36 "You shall beat some of it very
fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I
will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you. 37 "The incense
which you shall make, you shall not make in the same proportions for yourselves;
it shall be holy to you for Yahweh. 38 "Whoever shall make any like
it, to use as perfume, shall be cut off from his people."
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who in giving us Yeshua, the Living
Torah, has planted everlasting life in our midst.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, giver of the
[Portions 16 & 17 combined for this Cycle -
begin with Y2-16
Blessing and Haftarah portion for this Sabbath]
2 Kings 12:4-8
4 Then Jehoash said to the
priests, "All the money of the sacred things which is brought into the house of
Yahweh, in current money, both the money of each man's assessment and all the
money which any man's heart prompts him to bring into the house of Yahweh,
5 let the priests take it for themselves, each from his acquaintance; and
they shall repair the damages of the house wherever any damage may be found."
6 But it came about that in the twenty-third year of King Jehoash the
priests had not repaired the damages of the house. 7 Then King
Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and for the other priests and said to
them, "Why do you not repair the damages of the
house? Now therefore take no more money from your acquaintances, but pay it for
the damages of the house." 8 So the priests agreed that they would
take no more money from the people, nor repair the damages of the house.
(To be sung.)
For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1 My soul waits
in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. 2 He only is my
rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. 3
How long will you assail a man, that you may murder him, all of you, like a
leaning wall, like a tottering fence? 4 They have counseled only to
thrust him down from his high position; they delight in falsehood; they bless
with their mouth, but inwardly they curse. Selah. 5 My soul, wait in
silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. 6 He only is my rock
and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God my
salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God
is a refuge for us. Selah. 9 Men of low degree are only vanity and
men of rank are a lie; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter
than breath. 10 Do not trust in oppression and do not vainly hope in
robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart upon them. 11 Once
God has spoken; twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God; 12
and lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, for You recompense a man according to his
(Note: This Psalm uses only Elohim and
1 Therefore, having been
justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah,
2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into
this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that
tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven
character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not
disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were
still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For
one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone
would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward
us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us. 9 Much
more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the
wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were
reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been
reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but
we also exult in God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, through whom we have
now received the reconciliation. 12 Therefore, just as through one
man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to
all men, because all sinned – 13 for until the Law sin was in the
world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless
death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the
likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15
But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of
the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace
of the one Man, Yeshua the Messiah, abound to the many. 16 The gift
is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the
judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the
other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in
justification. 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death
reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and
of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Yeshua the
Messiah. 18 So then as through one transgression there resulted
condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted
justification of life to all men. 19 For as through the one man's
disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the
One the many will be made righteous. 20 The Law came in so that the
transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the
more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign
through righteousness to eternal life through Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
"Blessed are You, Yahweh
our God, King of the Universe,
Rock of Ages, righteous
throughout all generations.
You are the faithful God,
promising and then performing, speaking and then fulfilling,
for all Your words are true
Faithful are You, Yahweh
our God, and faithful are Your words,
for no word of Yours shall
You are a faithful and
merciful God and King.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our
God, Who are faithful in fulfilling all Your words."