|The pointer and decorative "breastplate" that adorns the Torah scroll|
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your godly ones sing for joy.
This week I just loved reading Parsha Tetzaveh! I learned so much from the Holy Spirit guiding as I enjoyed delving into the parsha. I am continually in awe not only the beautiful details of the parsha in themselves, and especially, oh the priestly garments and the loving instructions from God to Moses on how they are to be made!! But also how everything points to our lives in Messiah Yeshua, and how alive His word is. I know some people call this the "Old" Testament, but Lord this is all so new and alive and relevant to who we are in Messiah Yeshua!!!
Make them holy in the truth. Your word is truth. John 17:17
There is a commandment in the first line of the parsha for the olive oil to be brought to keep the light of the menorah burning forever before the LORD (Exodus 27:20~21). After that, a good part of this parsha details the intricate and beautiful descriptions of the priestly garments God instructs Moses—though note that in this parsha Moses is not named—-to have made for Aaron and his sons. Over and over in the tabernacle descriptions, God instructs that all be made by spirit-filled craftsmen who are wise-hearted. Each element of both the Tabernacle and the garments has special significance that speaks volumes about God’s heart and the love and meaning that is put into every detail of His word and instructions for our lives in service to Him, all for His Glory and to reveal His beauty!!
Our High Priest Yeshua is revealed in each item of garments, and the ministry of intercession that is our Messiah’s ministry is also passed down to us. As a people, nation of high priests we are commanded to put on the Armor of God(Ephesians 6:10~23). It is striking to read the passages in this parsha (for example the breastplate of judgement, Ex. 28:15) and to see how Paul's description of the armor in Ephesians is so deeply rooted in these instructions and all of the Torah.
True priests in service of Messiah always are to keep the light of God shining and lit, and to put on the priestly garments of justice, righteousness, truth and Salvation, always ready and with the Good News of Shalom to intercede and pray in the Ruach on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18)! May we be clothed in Messiah Yeshua, shining our light and armed for intercession as we set out in our prayer time today!
Here is a prayer to pray for your child or loved one to be clothed in the armor of God! Put that person's name in the dotted lines in the prayer below.
May................................be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power.
May .......................put on the full armor of God so that ............................can stand against the schemes of the devil. May.....................always buckle the belt of truth around his/her waist, and put on the breast plate of righteousness. May .........................strap up his/her feet in readiness with the Good News of Shalom. Above all, may...............take up the shield of faith with which he/she will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And may...................take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. from Ephesians 6:10~17
Readings from Parsha Tetzaveh:
Exodus 27:20 ~ 30:10
Ezeikel 43:10 ~27
Notes: Ruach is the Hebrew word for Spirit, or Wind, here referring to the Holy Spirit.
|Meditating on God's splendor and majesty and His clothes of righteousness; and on being clothed in the Armor of God.|
You shall make a breastpiece of decision, worked into a design; make it in the style of the ephod: make it of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen. It shall be square and doubled, a span in length and a span in width. Set in it mounted stones, in four rows of stones.