Week 22 & 23 - "Vayakhel" (וַיַּקְהֵל, Hebrew for "and he assembled") and "Pekudei" (פְקוּדֵי, Hebrew for "amounts of")Week 22 Week 23
Exodus 35:1 – 38:20
Exodus 38:21 – 40:38
Comments about this week's Torah Portion
So in all honesty, this felt like a repeat of last week's study... BUT! The last part of the Parsha was so parallel to of Acts of the Apostles (in Acts 2). It was really cool and exciting to see that in here in Exodus. How right fater they are able to recieve the Lord's spirit (that he may dwell among them in the sancturary of the Tabernacle) they were all eager to give all they had see it come to fruition.
In the same way that when the Holy Spirit came to all those (who believed) on the day of Pentacost, and the massive ingathering and an abundance of generosity and joy of his people (Acts 2:43-46), through the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
[Prophets - Haftarah]
Ezekiel 36:16 - 38:1
1 Kings 7:51 - 8:21
Comments about this week's Haftarah Portion
In Ezekiel it hit me, that's what happened to Israel within the last 50-60 years. I'm not 100% sure about the dates but I know that that's sort of how prophesy works... seemingly in that, events like this told by prophets, tend to have the possibility to have hapen more than once.
However, Kings was spot on parallel with Exodus. We se that the temple was being rebuilt. But in context, Solomon wasn't supposed to build a temple and his great downfall was that he worshiped the pegan idols of his wives just to appease or bolster political relationships of wives that he was about to take for his own.
Either way, God wasn't happy with how the temple (that he built) ended up and allowed it to be used as a lesson to teach that if we cannot have one foot in his kingdom and the other foot "in this world". We must sacrafice all that we are, in order to be called a poeple of His Kingdom.
[New Testament - Brit Hadasha]
2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15
Comments about this week's portion from the Brit Hadasha
To me, the overarching theme covering this week's portion was how his people were so eager to give in thier time, talents and treasures with an abundant generousity. Also, how to approach and what to expect what in the sanctuary of his Tabernacle, being set apart and holy. Also the actions and intentions which he expects of his people to look and behave, that are to be part of his kingdom.