It’s been awhile since I posted anything but my time is spent getting my house ready to go on the market. I’m terrified at times, because my house was severely negected by the co-owner, who happened to be my husband.
He is with Jesus now, fully clothed, in his right mind and talking to Him so my fears are squashed and no longer necessary. I used to lay awake at night thinking, “What if this or that happens? This is going to be so expensive to repair!” But through a two year journey, I have been able to get my “house in order” with the help of not so expensive handy men, a sweet mom and daughters, sisters and insurance claims that came through!
I felt as if the Lord told me to “get my house in order” awhile back and I was avoiding going to the house and going through all the stuff my husband and I shared for 35 years. We were separated for nine, but I had fully expected that God would restore our marriage here on earth. It did not happen as I imagined it would, but God has been faithful to help me through with His amazing promises, prophetic words, His eternal written Word, and family and friends.
Some of you know that I desperately needed structure so I am reading the traditional Torah portions. The Torah portions for the month all have to do with plans for the tabernacle in the wilderness, the instructions, the implementing of those instructions and the raising of the tabernacle and ordaining of those who were to officiate in the tabernacle. There is a lot of detail in these portions, (see Exodus, Chap. 25-38) It’s kind of amazing how the Israelites arrived at this place.
According to Hebrew4Christains website owner, John Parsons, God commanded Moses to build the tabernacle on the first day of the first month of the second year since they had left Egypt. So they didn’t have a tabernacle for awhile. They had Moses tent.
It’s kind of complicated trying to figure out chronology of stuff in Exodus (for me), but one thing stuck out and that was that Moses commanded the tabernacle to be erected the day after Yom Kippur or Tishri 11. That’s right in between the first two of the fall feasts and last fall feasts which is Sukkot or Tabernacles. Hmmm.
Something just hit me when I was looking at that. I’ve shared with different folks that the easiest way for me to understand the feasts was with a bridal paradigm.
Carlos Semientos, a minister that was interviewed by Sid Roth said it well. From Genesis to Revelation, the whole Bible is about a wedding. Genesis is about the first man and woman. The first miracle that Jesus did was at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Ephesians 5 talks about the mystery of Christ and His church (as a bride). Revelation 22 says “The Spirit and the Bride say come!”
I had thought about the seven feasts and how this correlates. I see it this way. Passover is the proposal. (It’s part of the haggadah and called “The Invitation”. The first fruits is the joy of the Bridegroom because His bride said “Yes”. He goes to His Father to tell Him the good news. Shavuot is the down payment or bride price. Then everything is ramped up when He returns to get His bride. Rosh hashanah or Yom Teruah is the blast when the groom comes back for His bride. Ancient Middle eastern weddings (in Israel) have all the symbolism that this feast day implies. Yom Kippur is the day “of covering”. When the bride and the groom come under the Chuppah and are formerly married. Five days elapse. The groom and the bride dwell together.
When I saw that the tabernacle was ordered to be built the day after Yom Kippur, I couldn’t help but think about how God is raising up a dwelling of God in the Spirit. I always understood that after the groom proposes, he and his father would set about to build a house in which the bride and groom will reside. I always thought of this as the long period between Shavuot and Rosh Hashana as the time when the groom is readying the house.
There’s also another picture here. It took six months for the architects of the tabernacle to assemble everything; the furniture, tabernacle itself, the priest’s and the high priest’s garments, the oil and incense, etc. That is in the Torah portion called “Pekudei”.Then it was dedicated on the day of Issac’s birth (what a picture of the Messiah!), according to the rabbis.
What’s interesting to me about this, is what does the erecting of the tabernacle the day after Yom Kippur have to do with the waiting period between Shavuot and Yom Teruah? And there are FIVE days between Yom Kippur and Tabernacles. There was six months between the commandment to build the tabernacle and the actual erecting of it. I know that Messiah is building a home for His bride. He’s getting it ready. Six months is like the six days of creation. The seventh He rested. The Miskan comes from a word that means “to rest” (lishkan). That is because the tabernacle was the resting place for the Shekinah glory. Some of you may have ideas. This could be an online midrash! chime in!