Torah – Exodus 27:20-30:10 Haftarah – Ezekiel 43:10-27 Brit Chadqashah – Hebrews 13:10-17
Tetzavah (you shall command) is the seventh portion in the book of Shemot (Exodus – literally “Names”). It is the continuation of the revelation of Torah at Har Sini (Mt. Sinai) and deals with the Mishkahn (Tabernacle service and the Priestly garments and service.)
I will briefly look at just two ideas, one from our Torah portion and the other from Haftarah.
This parasha (portion) is the first and only time from our introduction to Moshe (Moses) until his death that his name is not mentioned. This is the case even though it is clear that it is Moshe to whom G-d is speaking and giving the commands to in this portion. There are several thoughts as to why this is, but the one I will offer up for your contemplation is that during the yearly reading and study of this portion the seventh of Adar falls. This is the notable date of Moshe’s death.
Ezekiel 43:10-11, “Son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. 11 “And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write [it] down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them.” (NKJV)
The centerpiece of sharing the Gospel is, of course, Yeshua and His loving, once for all time atoning sacrifice for our sins. The trouble with getting a lost person to connect with this wonderful gift is that they often think it’s not for them, or that they are ok, or a good person and somehow G-d will let them into the Kingdom. It is critical to help them see their desperate need for a Savior in the first place, in other words, you have to get them to realize that they are indeed lost in the first place.
It is the “Law”, or better said, Torah which contains the Mitzvah (Commands or instructions) that shows us our sin by way of giving us the standard by which we must measure up. This is what Ezekiel was being shown in the Haftarah portion this week and as laid out in the opening verses I shared above.
The Mishkahn and later the Temple was constructed for many reasons and to teach us many things about HaShem (YHVH) and how to reconnect with Him. Everything about this portion, along with Haftarah especially point us to the Standard. It is when we “see” its patterns, measurements, and ordinances that we begin to not only see our sin and how we fail to measure up to His Standards, but also gives us a model of the pathway leading back to Him. Again, this pattern is Yeshua Himself and His Perfect Sacrifice.