P’kudei (“accounts”) is the Parasha for the week ending the 5th March corresponding to 3rd of Adar Sheni (second Adar) 5782
The quantities of precious metals used in the Tabernacle are listed. Bezalel of the tribe of Judah and Oholiab of the tribe of Dan were the artisans responsible for the making of the Tabernacle.
The total amount of gold used was twenty-nine talents and seven hundred and thirty shekels. The table below help us understand the quantities. How the gold was used was previously described in Parashat Terumah
|Biblical measure||Value||Modern metric||Modern Imperial|
|Talent||3000 shekels||35 Kilos||75 pounds|
|Shekel||2 Bekas||12 grams||Half ounce|
|Beka||Half shekel||6 Grams||Quarter ounce|
The half shekel tax as described in Parashat Ki Tisa was levelled on every Israelite man over the age of twenty. The tax served the dual purpose of a census as well as providing the silver needed for the sanctuary. Here we see a balance sheet for the silver
|Number of men over twenty||603,550||100 Bases with Sockets for Holy place one talent each||100 Talents|
|Shekels collected (half shekel per man)||301,775||Hooks Pillars and Capitals for pillars||1,775 Shekels|
|In Talents and Shekels||100 talents and 1,775 shekels|
|Total Collected||100 talents and 1,775 shekels (100.6 talents)||Total Spent||100 talent and 1,775 shekels (100.6 talents)|
The bronze was seventy talents and two thousand four hundred shekels (70.8 talents). It was used to make the bases for pillars for the tent door and surrounding courtyard. Also, the altar of burnt offering outside the tent as well its utensils and the bases for the courtyard door and all the pegs for the tent came out of the bronze collected.
The specifications for the ark and all the tabernacle furnishings as well as the priestly garments have been described previously in Parashot T’rumah and T’tzaveh . The descriptions are repeated as the furniture and all its fittings are constructed.
Erection of the Mishkan (Tabernacle)
All the completed items are then brought to Moses. The Mishkan was to be erected on the first day of the first month. Moses blesses and anoints it with the anointing oil and Aaron and his sons wash and put on the priestly garments.
The component parts are all then put together. The framework and pillars set in their bases are erected and the tent is pitched over the framework followed by the ramskin covering. Then the dividing screen between the Holy of Holies and the rest of the Mishkan is installed. The Ark and Mercy Seat are placed inside the dividing curtain with the two Tablets of Testimony put into the Ark. Then the Table is placed in the tent outside the Holy of Holies on the North side, the bread put on the Table with the Lampstand and its lamps on the South. The gold incense Altar is put between the curtain and the Table while the bronze Altar of Burnt Offering and its utensils are placed outside the tent. Incense is burnt on the golden Altar and a sacrifice offered on the bronze Altar. They put the washstand between the Mishkan and the bronze Altar, filling it with water for Aaron and his sons to wash their hands and feet before performing their duties. Then the courtyard with its hangings and entrance was erected around the Mishkan. It was all done, at the beginning of the first month, just one year after they left Egypt.
Then a cloud appeared, and the Glory of the Lord filled the Mishkan. While the cloud was over the Mishkan the people stayed put, but when it moved it was time to pack up and follow the cloud. The cloud covered the Mishkan by day and a fire covered it by night.
Haftarat P’kudei הפטרת פקוד׳
The Haftarah portion associated with P’kudei is 1 Kings 7:51 to 1 Kings 8:21. The association between the Torah and Haftarah is similar to the association we studied last week in Parashat Ki Tisa, that is to say that the progress of the first Temple was at the same stage as that of the Tabernacle. Now the Temple was complete and ready to receive the Ark of the Covenant. This had previously been brought to Jerusalem by Solomon’s father David, but now it was ready to be placed into the Holy of Holies to sit between the wings of the Cherubim underneath the Mercy seat.
David had wanted to build a Temple, but God said it would be for David’s son to do this and so Solomon performed that duty.
He had provided a resting place for the Covenant made to Israel when they came out of Egypt.
It was all done. In the Torah portion we read that the Mishkan was ready. In the Haftarah we read that the Temple was ready. The Ark of the Covenant now has a home and the Torah given to Moses could be properly observed.
Likewise, Yeshua’s work is done. He declared from the gibbet on which He hung ‘It is finished ‘John 19:30. The Master carpenter from Nazareth had skillfully completed the project which He was commissioned to undertake for His Father.
When a craftsman finishes a task, he can look at his work with satisfaction and sit down. That is why we are told that Yeshua sat down at the right hand of God in Heaven. It was done.
But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honour at God’s right hand. Hebrews 10:12 NLT
Evil however is still at work, but now the devil is lashing out like a mortally wounded creature in its death throes.
When Yeshua left this planet he left us with a helper, the Holy Spirit, to enable us apply His finished work John 14:26
This can be summed up in the words of Jewish believer Keith Green who died in a plane crash in 1982 aged 28 from the song he wrote entitled ‘There is a redeemer’
“Thank you, O My Father, for giving us your Son
And leaving your Spirit till the work on Earth is done
This article originally appeared on the BMJA website and is reposted with permission.