Torah Portion; Terumah Exodus 25:1-27:19

Ex 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.

G-d so loved us that He desires to have a sanctuary in the hearts of man and dwell in the midst of His people. But we cannot give Him a defiled temple for He will NOT dwell in a temple that is polluted (with idols).

2Co 6:16 What agreement has the temple of G-d with idols? For we are the temple of the living G-d; as G-d said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their G-d, and they shall be my people.

Paul tells us that we are the temple of the living G-d . Every believer of Yeshua (Jesus) believes this whole heartedly, but do we have a true understanding of what this means? When Elohim created Adam, His intentions were to be in the midst of mankind forever. But at the fall of (corrupted) Adam, Hashem closed the Sanctuary He made for Adam, the Garden of Eden. And not until the forming of the Nation of Israel, were there plans for an earthly sanctuary (build by man’s hands). Hashem desires a dwelling place in the midst of His people.

Tanchuma Yashan, Nasso 19 is said: When the Holy One, Blessed be He, said to Moses that he should say to Israel that they should make Him a Mishkan (tabernacle), Hashem said to Moses, “Tell Israel as it were, it is not because I have nowhere to dwell that I tell them to make me a tabernacle. Until the world was created my sanctuary was above…but because of My love for you, I will leave My sanctuary and descend and dwell among you, and as the torah says they shall make a sanctuary for me so that I may dwell among them.

The LORD doesn’t need us to build Him a home, He want us to build Him a home so that He may DWELL in our midst. But this home cannot be just thrown together. The building or tent will always simply be earthly materials placed together. It’s NOT a sanctuary, unless the hearts of those building it are pure and sanctified themselves. The Mishkan is a reflection of the heart of man. If the hearts are defiled the building NO LONGER is a sanctuary, it’s a hollow building.

Sages say:
The word Sanctuary is Mikdash in Hebrew. This word means dedicated, consecrated, sanctified and even betrothed.
What makes a Mikdash מקדש (tabernacle)?
The Rabbi’s explain that what makes the Mikdash is a letter inside ק (Qedusha), sanctification that is.

R’Samson Raphael Hirsch
The Mishkan had two purposes: it was to be a place of holiness, meaning that the structure and its vessels should be sacred, it is also to be the “place” where His presence could dwell. That would be the collective undertaking of the nation, expressed by its contribution of the materials needed for the Mishkan and its construction. By extension, however, it also refers to the consecration of our lives so that we personally will be a Mikdash a sanctuary worthy of His presence. Once we have accomplished that the building and the nation can be a dwelling place for His presence.

Hashem did the hard part, He redeemed us with the blood of the lamb at Passover. He took us away from idolatry so that we can learn about Him, so that we can purge from the ways of the world and relearn how to approach a Holy God. But we must do our part, that is WALK in HOLINESS. We need to walk according to His commands and stay away from idolatry, fornication, covetousness and extortion. Walk in reverence, fear and holiness.

1 Peter 1:15-16 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.

We need to learn from the shepherds that He is raising in these latter days. Restoring the Torah to those who call up on His NAME so that they learn what the priests are to teach the people; that is how to distinguish between the holy and common and the between clean and unclean and teach the people of Israel all the statutes of Hashem (Lev 10:10-11). Let’s learn how to be a sanctuary for the Living G-d!