I am currently in my fourth year of my *Torah walk, however I have been a follower of *Yeshua over 30 years. Typically I begin each day with my morning coffee and reading my Bible, which consists of the Torah portion for the week. I usually read a chapter a day, and write down things that stand out to me. This morning I read Exodus 25 and had a what I call a "No duh!" moment. I call it that because it is something that I feel should have been obvious to me all along, but for some reason the significance just now came to me. I have heard before that people need to hear/read something around seven times before they can remember it. I know that I have read and heard teachings on this subject many times before, but today was the day that it really set in.
Exodus 25 records the account of ***Yahweh giving Moses the instructions to follow in building the Tabernacle. This might not sound all that interesting, but trust me - it is! In the first verse of Exodus 25, Yahweh tells Moses to tell the children of Israel to contribute towards the Tabernacle, but Yahweh specifically says only those "whose heart moves him". Yahweh only wanted people to contribute willingly.
As I continued reading the chapter, I saw that the first thing the Father commanded to be constructed was the ark (Exodus 25:10). He instructed that His "Witness" (some translations use testimonies or stone tablets) be placed inside the ark (Exodus 25:21).
OK, maybe it was the coffee kicking in, but by the time I read up to this point I was getting more excited! The Holy Spirit started bringing to mind other Scriptures that correlate with the significance of what I was reading. Even though I was reading about a physical chest that was being built to contain the physical Torah of Yahweh, I was now having a NO DUH moment because I finally really realized that these physical things represented a spiritual truth!!
Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: Yahweh our ****Elohim, Yahweh is one!
And you shall love Yahweh our Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might. And these Words which I am commanding you today
shall be in your heart,
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (ISR)
The Hebrew word for ark is aron, and it simply means: chest, ark, (or in one case coffin).
Do you see the correlation? Let me share these verses for clarification:
I have treasured up Your word in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:11 (ISR)
I have delighted to do Your pleasure, O my Elohim,
And Your Torah is within my heart.
Psalm 40:8 (ISR)
Father's Words, Father's Torah was to be housed in the ark (chest). The ark was to be housed in the innermost part of the Tabernacle. The Father instructed Moses to begin work on the Tabernacle from the inside first!
His Torah is to be first and foremost in our hearts.
If we do not have a heart's desire to follow His Instructions, trying to do so is pointless, and apparently He doesn't even want us to try without having a heart to do it.
Oh, that they had such a heart in them, to fear Me and to guard all My commands always, so that it might be well with them and with their children forever!
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)
And I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.
And I shall take the heart of stone out of your flesh,
and I shall give you a heart of flesh,
and put My Spirit within you.
And I shall cause you to walk in My laws and
guard My right-rulings and shall do them.
Like I said, I was pretty excited while reading Exodus 25 and having this "No duh!" moment, so I looked for insight from a Torah teacher whom I trust. Brad Scott, with Wildbranch Ministry, has a very well done study on the Tabernacle and all of its articles. I highly recommend you check out that study: https://www.wildbranch.org/teachings/lessons/
He shared some insights to the ark that was exactly what the Holy Spirit was bringing home to me this morning! I love confirmation!! Brad also has a series on ReviveTV (formerly Hebraic Roots Network) that goes into the Hebrew language and what words mean. The Hebrew language is absolutely rich with meaning!
Something else that I noticed in Exodus 25 was that when Father described what the ark should look like, He instructed for two cherubim to be on the lid of the ark (aka Mercy or Atonement Seat). These cherubim were to have their faces turned toward the lid. Remember what was inside the ark? So in essence, they were facing the Heart (chest) of the Father - His Torah!
The righteous shall inherit the earth, And dwell in it forever.
The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of right-ruling.
The Torah of his Elohim is in his heart; His steps do not slide.Psalm 37:29-31 (ISR)
Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
a people in whose heart is My Torah:
do not fear the reproach of men,
nor be afraid of their revilings.
Isaiah 51:7 (ISR)
"See, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, "when I shall make a new covenant with the house of Yisra’ĕl and with the house of Yehuḏah,
not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand
to bring them out of the land of Egypt,
My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares Yahweh.
For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl
after those days, declares Yahweh:
I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts.
And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know Yahweh,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares Yahweh. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more."
Jeremiah 31:31-34 (ISR)
"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days", declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”
Hebrews 10:16 (ESV)
Oh, Father, how I long to have a heart that seeks after Yours! Work on me from the inside out and help me to be worthy of the calling with which You have called me. Please help me to hide Your Torah in my heart that I might not sin against You. Thank You for giving me Your Word to instruct me in righteousness and to teach me how to walk as Yeshua walked. I pray that everything I think, say, and do will glorify Your most holy Name!
In Yeshua's Name, Amen.
*Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus.
**Torah is the Hebrew word which means "Instructions". Most English Bible translations use the word "Law".
*** Yahweh is the Hebrew Name of God, most often translated into English as LORD.
****Elohim is the Hebrew word for God.