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.

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

  1. Nehemiah, it says in my Scriptures, Exo. 25:37 “And you shall make seven lamps for it, and they shall mount its lamps so that they give light in front of it. Does that mean the were more then one menorah in the “Set apart Place?

  2. Nehemia, it was admirable of you to rectify Hebrews 9:4 with 1 kings 8:9, and 2 Chronicles 5:10. After carefully reviewing Hebrews 9:4 with these verse I believe theres another way to rectify theses verse. Yes scriptures says that the only objects in the Ark of Testimony were the 2 tablets, But this is over 500 years after I believe, Now lets examine wht Elohim told Moses concerning the mana, In Exodus 16:24 place the Jar manna before the Ark of Testimony to be kept throughout your generation. Also the Rod of Aaron was to be place before the ark of the Tesimony. So who was in charge keep watch of these artifacts. Theres No answer. So the question why did Elohim tell Moses is to be kept for generation? The only possible answer can be, it was a TESTIMONY to be remember by Israel for generations. So if these artifact are Testimony of Elohim, what better place to put them in but in the the Ark of the TESTIMONY to kept for generation. So another questions arises where are the tqo items(Rod,Manna). We know that when the Ark of TESTIMONY was bought back to Beth-shemesh and Elohim struck down 50000 for looking inside of the Ark of the TESTIMONY. Is it possible that it could have been remove at this moment of time? Look at what 1 Kings 8:9 says, there was nothing in the Ark of Testimony nothing (accept, save, but) the two tablets. Why did the writing make a point of stressing this out? And can possible look inside with out getting Struck by Elohim other then the High Preist only? Your response would be appreciated. thank you

        • Ok, make it a five foot staff in a four foot box. The diagonal in the box is just four and a half feet (if you really squeeze) which also assumes there is nothing else in the box.

          When you add the two tablets into the floor of the box, the diagonal gets even smaller. If you assume Aaron was short, and had a short staff, that also shortens his cubit making the ark that much smaller (a cubit is the length from fingertip to elbow).

          Do you think Aaron was four feet tall and carried a three foot staff?

          There is simply no room for a staff in the ark.

          • My Friend, Why should we assume that the Rod that Aaron had was 6 ft or even 5 ft, is it possible that we have been watching the Ten Commandment Movie to many times. By the way I do watch it everytime they play it. Its a walking stick it doesn’t have to equal in size to the man using it.

  3. Very interesting but would have liked to have heard more from Nehemiah Gordon. I didn’t appreciate the interruptions when he would begin to talk.

  4. Thank you, guys, for all your discussion that enlightens us.

    Yes, news flash! The final destination of man is NOT heaven; rather, the destination of God is the earth. See the end of the story in Revelation 21:3. God’s intention from the beginning was to come to earth, after it was made holy enough for him to dwell in. We are commanded in Exodus to build a tabernacle for him to dwell in our midst, we are commanded multiple times in Leviticus to be holy, as he is holy, we are reminded by Peter to be holy and develop our holiness, and elsewhere, to grow in the knowledge and grace of Yeshua the Anointed One. This is how we become holy enough to make our world holy. And once we have done our work of constructing a Tabernacle for God, making a place suitable for him to dwell in, by spiritually purifying, “holying” the earth, then he can come down and dwell amongst us. Food for thought: the cherubim’s faces are pointed down, as their ultimate goal is downward, to transport God’s throne downward, to the earth.


  5. Didn’t the original menorah have straight branches instead of curved? I heard that the Romans, after they conquered/destroyed Jerusalem, carried around in the streets of Rome a “new” version of the menorah, their revised version, with curved branches like the one pictured, to show they had “bent” Judaism to their power and demands and thereby conquered it. A true menorah has straight branches.

  6. Seems to me the ARK, is the safe, or box, the testimoney is edut, witness, or evidence, Yehova’s evidence, which was the tablets, jar of manna, the almond branch of aaron that budded. The ARK contains Yehova’s evidence.

  7. Nehemiah, Your comment about the Dye being derived from a Worm and used in matters of holiness evokes a question that I have not been able to remedy. I operated a Health Food Business for ten years and it was common to have clients ask if there my products were Kosher. Most Nutriceuticals don’t reveal a Rabbinic stamp/logo but the actual source of the supplement was clearly not Levitically clean, such as Mushroom Extracts, Mollusk Extracts etc. I have heard a Rabbinical OPINION stating that since the product didn’t entail eating the host, the chemical extract of the host was acceptable to consume. Can you clarify ? Thanks

  8. I love listening to the three of you. Your interrupting one another, your excitement, your laughter, your differences, your common ground; and especially the pearls the interaction pulls from Yehovah’s word. Thank you.

  9. Shallom
    There seems to be a marked difference between the construction of the tabernacle in the wilderness and the construction of Solomon’s Temple .

    1) a) The Tabernacle in the the wilderness was made possible by the voluntary offerings of the the Israelites and the people who were redeemed from Egypt and their voluntary service for the construction of the Tabernacle . We see YHVH’s hand in the choosing of people to do his work and endowing them with special wisdom .

    b) Most of the materials of Solomon’s Temple were accumulated by King David and later accquired by King Solomon . There was conscripted labour of the Goyim that were dwelling in Israel ; A heathen King was involved in the construction of the temple and it was done for the renumeration given .

    Why this difference in approach to procuring items and the construction ?

  10. What a wonderful discussion. I just now found it in 2016 from my FB feed.
    But I’ll tell you, It all came together for me, when I read Lev. 16:14. That they were to only sprinkle the front of the atonement cover and on the ‘east’ side. That left the “west’ side clean and open for the future final atonement for the sins of all mankind. The Lamb of God, Yeshua, was sprinkled on that open west side at the time of the crucifixion. The Ark was hidden since the Babylonian exile. It was never in the 2nd Temple. No one ever knew where it was… except the Creator who place it in the appropriate site.
    It was hidden under the ground of the crucifixion site and the divine blood of Yeshua dripped down to anoint that west side. That totally brings the entire story together. It is a well documented event that was discovered by one, Ron Wyatt, in the excavation in the Garden Tomb area in the ’80’s.. Michael Rood has also told the story well so all can understand. The greatest story never told, which will one day soon to be revealed. It truly was a covert operation by the Almighty. When you understand what happened at that moment… brings the entire Bible together.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    • Hey there, you fellow wisdom seekers 🙂
      First of all, to me the NT is not a very trustworthy source. Too much editing and censorship by people that do not know the ways of Jehova, but rather followed a false doctrine of Jesus. Becomes very evident especially in the book of HEB.
      How dare the author(s) to state that Jah´s EVERLASTING covenant is obsolete and even bad/wrong !? By referring to JER 31? Well, maybe he got something crucial quite wrong there, probably because of lacking knowledge regarding the Hebrew language. “brit chadascha” was translated as “new covenant”. However, “chadascha” is derived from “chadasch” which means RENEWED, not new. (chadasch is also found in Psalms 51:10 , 103: 5 , Isiah 61:4 ). This is a very crucial, yet overlooked difference in meaning. If the covenant with His people (JER 31: 33 clearly states “with the house of Israel”) was renewed, it doesn´t imply that it is obsolete at all! Rather the opposite is true, it is reenforced!
      But in which way reinforced? Well, JER 31:33 already gives the answer: “I will put my law within them and on their heart I will write it”. Why does Jah say this? Well, because He wants you to love Him with all your heart and to keep His words (Torah) within your heart (DEUT 6: 4-9). However, as we all know, Jisrael didn´t do so (interestingly, JHVH already knew they wouldn´t keep the covenant: DEUT 31: 16-30) Further, compare Isiah 29:13-14 for this matter: Although being very conservative and seemingly keeping the Torah, ancient and modern day Jews fail to do all this from their heart. It´s tradition, constructed by the Rabis and Pharisees, that perverts the true essence of the Torah – the instruction from JHVH to us humans as a key to a righteous (perfect) life – or as other people would call it: Gnosis. Isiah 58 is another very interesting reference to this context.
      That´s also the reason why the prophet Yeshua (aka Jesus) was sent. His mission was to teach the Israelites how to keep Torah and it virtues from within the heart. Unfortunately, his teachings were corrupted so that Christians think all their deeds are legit, as long as they hail Jesus´name. However, this is not correct, compare Ecclesiastes 12:13 : JHVH will judge your deeds, whether you did them in the name of Christ or not. Eventually, as long as you live in the word of the Torah, your deeds will always be righteous. That´s the only reason why JHVH gave mankind His Torah, i.e. instruction (to a righteous life). Now ask yourself: To what extent does our modern capitalistic system with all its alleged comforts comply with His word …

    • Why has no one noticed that Heb9:4 puts the golden censer (golden alter of incense) inside the Holy of Holies? The golden censer is in the Holy Place before the veil. The author of Hebrews gets this wrong as well.

      Jer31:33 says the covenant will be “renewed” while Heb8:10 uses a word which means “something brand new”. The author of Hebrews also gets this wrong. To be fair, the Septuagint also gets this wrong so perhaps the author of Hebrews was quoting from the LXX.

  14. 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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