Torah Pearls #19 – Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Torah Pearls Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19, candelabrum, Menorah, tabernacle, Temple, Torah Pearls, torah portion, Temple Institute, menorahThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19). The episode opens with a lively discussion on the difference between tithes and offerings.  There follows a brilliant discussion of the "Mercy Seat" of the Ark, and what that means to different cultures and faiths.  What could have been a boring discussion of the "furniture" in the tabernacle becomes a passionate discussion of the implements what is really contained within the Ark.

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The photo at the top of this page is of a replica of the Menorah made by the “Temple Institute” who intends to use in the future Temple. The replica is gold-plated instead of solid gold as commanded in the Torah (Exodus 25:36, 39). It also has a stepped base instead of a tripod as in the earliest Jewish artistic representations of the Menorah. The stepped base comes from the portrayal of the Menorah on the Arch of Titus in Rome. Location: Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem.

8 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #19 – Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

  1. Lol I had the dame apprehension Nehemiah had that there wouldn’t be much to talk about with this instructions for the Sanctuary. But wow, talk about filling in the “silence” 🙂

    Thank you for all the insights and laughs!

  2. This is a traveling throne of the KING, he rules from the Code of Law Under His feet; “to put your enemies under your feet”. Edut is yes, witness or evidence.

    I appreciate your brotherhood.

  3. EXO 40:20 Then he took the testimony and put it into the ark, and attached the poles to the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of the ark.

    Seems to me, if the ‘wherein’ refers back to “the Holiest of all,” that places the tablets along side the Ark, with the golden pot and Aaron’s rod.

    HEB 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

    For Keith…
    Pray-tell, of which covenant does the author speak:
    HEB 8:13 When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

    GEN 6:18 “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark — you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.

    GEN 17:7 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.

    GEN 17:13 “A servant who is born in your house or who is bought with your money shall surely be circumcised; thus shall My covenant be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

    EXO 34:28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

    Of course, Jeremiah tells us that the “first covenant” is not passing away, but rather is being written upon man’s heart.
    JER 31:31 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,

    JER 31:33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

    NASB 1995

    • As I understand it, the “first covenant” that is referred to is the covenant with Aaron. The book is about the priesthood and the reference is the covenant given to the Aaronic priesthood.

  4. While listening to your conversation on Terumah, you posted this funny story about Keith’s underwear on your Facebook page. You guys are so silly. Best regards from Republic of Srpska. 🙂

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