Tetzaveh/”You Shall Command”, Exodus 27:20-30:10, begins by describing how Israel is to provide pure olive oil for the Menorah. It is the second portion dealing with the construction of the Tabernacle, and just like the first (Terumah) it begins with a request for an offering to be brought by the people! There is a responsibility that is placed upon you and I concerning the construction and the function of Yahweh’s dwelling place! This week’s parshah connects part of our responsibility specifically with tending to the light of Yahweh; Matthew 5:14 – “Ye are the light of the world…”, but how do we actually do this?
*This particular commandment is classified as a statute: Strong’s #2708 chuqqah חֻקָּה statute, ordinance, something prescribed; the commandments that fall into this category are traditionally said to be more difficult to understand, having no logical reason behind them. In other words, there’s a mystery here!
Chuqqah comes from the root #2710 chaqaq חָקַק to cut out, to decree, inscribe, set, engrave, portray, or govern, a lawgiver or one who decrees – in other words it would seem that the keeping of these statutes, one of those being the lighting of the Menorah, that this is how we portray the Torah and cause the Torah to be cut/engraved/inscribed upon us!
*Chuqqah has a gematria of 113, same as the name Peleg (#6389) פֶּלֶג division (“for in his days was the earth divided” – Gen. 10:25); פ = Mouth; composed of the letter כrepresenting a vessel,with the letter יplaced inside (the Seed/Word of Yah); the 2nd part of his name is formed with the לג = (#3849) a log, a liquid measurement, always used in reference to a measurement of oil!
*Could it be that this statute will divide the earth again based upon the measure of oil (Seed/Word) that we have within us?
Command: Strong’s #6680 tsavah צָוָה to command, to charge, give orders, lay charge, give charge to, to set up, can also mean to set in order as in to set in order a house or household; the ת is prefixed to it here; תprefix = you will, she will, they will
*We’re reminded that there’s a responsibility placed on us! We’re commanded/charged to set in order the house and our household based upon these commandments and it has to do with making sure the light of Yahweh is tended to! By keeping the house in order and keeping the light burning this is how His Torah becomes engraved upon us!
Tetzaveh = 501, same value as the phrase “keceph massa’” משאכסף tribute money/silver, tribute is something that one party gives to another in a sign of respect, or as a sign of submission or allegiance;
*כ = Like/As; סף = Doorkeeper, Guard, one who watches and guards the threshold and doorways – so it seems that part of keeping this statute (bringing the oil and tending to the Menorah requires us to be a doorkeeper, to guard the threshold, but from what?)
*מַשָּׂא = burden, load; 2 letter root מש = Drawn Out – in other words, this offering that Israel is presenting and being charged with was all about teaching them (and us) and reminding them that part of the way they would show their submission to Yahweh and their allegiance was by being willing to be a doorkeeper of their house, guarding the threshold, making sure that what was being drawn out of themselves was something that would give light!
501 is also the value of #868 ‘ethnan אֶתְנַןhire of a prostitute, gain of a harlot, or price; from the root #8566 tanah תָּנָה to hire, to sell oneself as a harlot; cognate of #8567 tanah תָּנָה to rehearse, to recount, to tell again; cognate of #8568 tannah תנה dragon or serpent; breaking this term down את = Aleph Tav/Messiah & נן= Life
*Could it be that the bringing of this particular offering, the bringing of the oil for the Menorah, is a rehearsal, a way of recounting and telling again how the harlot, the one who had sold herself for hire to the serpent (pointing us all the way back to the Garden of Eden), was now coming before the Aleph Tav/Messiah (Menorah) and could receive life! This offering was symbolic of Israel bringing their tribute to Yahweh – showing their respect, their allegiance, and their submission. Perhaps here lies the mystery – the very one that put the light out would be the one now charged with maintaining it – keeping it burning, and this is how the house would be put back in order!
In the Hebrew, this verse (27:20) has 55 letters and 15 words.
55 = kallah (#3618) כַּלָּה Bride/Spouse, it’s a mirror image of the term halak (#1980) הָלַךְ walk, a reference to the way of one’s life, your lifestyle
15 = the number associated with the adulterous woman, the harlot; Hosea bought Gomer for 15 pieces of silver (Hosea 3:2 – “So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:”)
The bringing of this particular offering, the oil, is all about the walk/lifestyle/halak of the individual being changed from that of the harlot (the one who has chased after others) to that of the kallah – the Bride!
Luke 7:37-38 – “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Yeshua sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”
*It’s no accident that this is the 20th portion of the year, 20 = redemption! This whole parshah is about His bride being bought back, bought with a price! But it’s also the number associated with expectancy, an expectancy that’s building to see what this woman who’s been redeemed will do now that she once again has access to the light and to Yahweh! How will they handle Him?
How do we tend to this light?
Pure: Strong’s #2134 zak זָךְ clean, pure; from #2141 zakak זָכַךְ to be pure, be bright, be clean; this term is used in Proverbs 20:11 (vs. 9-11) – “Who can say, I have made my heart clean/zakah, I am pure from my sin? Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to Yahweh. Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure/zak, and whether it be right.”
*What does divers weights and measures have to do with bringing this pure oil, with this redemption of a harlot?
“Divers weights and divers measures” – “Eben va’eben ‘eyphah ve’eyphah”; gematria of this phrase = 310, same as ‘aram עָרַם to uncover, to make naked; it seems that this could be inferring that to mess with the measure of the light/oil (divers weights and measures) is what will make one uncovered or naked!
Weights: Strong’s #68 ‘eben אֶבֶן stone; from #1129 banah בָּנָה to build, rebuild, establish, cause to continue, to build or erect a house, also to establish a family through the birthing of children
Measures: Strong’s #374 ‘eyphah אֵיפָה ephah, a measure of grain; close cognate of #375 ‘eyphoh אֵיפֹה where? What kind?; it echoes the question of Genesis 3:9 – “And Yahweh Elohim called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where/’ay art thou?”
The bringing of the oil is all about the redemption of the harlot and a transformation to one who now tends to the light – when she brings this offering (the oil), her house, what she has built/erected is being inspected! If we have attempted to mess with the measure (how much His light is shining within our house), then once again we are exposed/’aram and the question echoes “where are you”/’eyphoh?
*2 Timothy 2:15 – “Study to shew thyself approved unto Yahweh, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Approved: Strong’s #1384 (Greek) dokimos δόκιμος accepted, pleasing, particularly of coins and money
®”In the ancient world there was no banking system as we know it today, and no paper money. All money was made from metal, heated until liquid, poured into moulds and allowed to cool. When the coins were cooled, it was necessary to smooth off the uneven edges. The coins were comparatively soft, and of course many people shaved them closely. In one century, more than eighty laws were passed in Athens to stop the practice of whittling down the coins then in circulation. But some moneychangers were men of integrity, who would accept no counterfeit money; they were men of honor who put only genuine, full-weight money into circulation. Such men were called dokimos, and this word is used here.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, Romans: God’s Glory, p. 18.)
Work: Strong’s #6467 po’al פֹּעַל work, deed, doing; from #6466 pa’al פָעַל to do, make, used of constructing or making something
*These same letters form #5968 ‘alaph עָלַף to cover, to wrap up, be disguised, also to faint, languish, to be covered with darkness; used in Amos 8:13 – “In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint/’alaph for thirst.” – a reference to the results of a famine of the Word! Our house can either judged as having tended to the light and it’s being built up (Light/Word/Seed are all synonymous) or it’s marked by having divers weights and measures which cause us to be covered with darkness and there’s a famine of the Word/Light in our homes!
Oil: Strong’s #8081 shemen שֶׁמֶן fat, oil; from #8080 shaman שָׁמַן to be or become fat, fertile, strength, richness
*ש = to change, consume, fire, to burn up & מן = Manna/Word – in order to fulfill this and bring this offering, it requires us to be changed by His Word/Manna/Torah! To allow it to burn up the dross and consume us! One group brings this offering and there house is marked as being “in order”, to the other individuals it stays covered, disguised, and hidden from them, they faint for the lack of this living water!
Beaten: Strong’s #3795 kathiyth כָּתִית beaten out, pure, pounded fine, costly; from #3807 kathath כָּתַת to beat, crush by beating, crush to pieces, crush fine, to hammer or to forge; this term is first used in Leviticus 22:24 – “Ye shall not offer unto Yahweh that which is bruised, or crushed/kathath, or broken, or cut; neither shall ye make any offering thereof in your land.”
*At first it almost seems like a contradiction, they have to bring crushed/beaten oil for the light, yet here we’re prohibited from offering this? The difference between these 2 terms is that the one referring to the oil has the letter י inserted in the middle!
*The י = smallest letter of the Hebrew Alephbet, from this letter all other letters are formed, it’s the atom/spark of all of Creation, it represents the Word of Yahweh – one when broken open and crushed releases the Word, having put it in, and therefore light is released, the other when crushed is exposed as not having the Yod – not having any of His Word within them and therefore it exposes them as lacking!
This term kathath (#3807) is also used in Deuteronomy 9:21 – “And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it/kathath, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.”
Could it be that whatever is crushed from this offering that’s brought has the potential to either bring light or cause to them be marked as an insufficient offering, one that even though access is restored to the light/Messiah/Torah still chooses to play the harlot?
*Remember the difference between the 2 is the Yod! In Exodus 32:19 describing the golden calf scenario, there’s a missing Yod!
Exodus 32:19 – “And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.” – the phrase “out of his hands” is “miyado” מידו but the correct grammatical form would be miyadav מידיו with the extra Yod making if plural – hands!
Israel had removed the Yod – and because they’ve removed the Yod from their offering, what was crushed became bitter waters and marked them as the harlot instead of bringing forth light. Their house was out of order!
Exodus 27:21 – “In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before Yahweh…”
Order: Strong’s #6186 ‘arak עָרַךְ to arrange, set in order, prepare, handle, can also mean to esteem, estimate, or set a value on something
*The job of the priest was to esteem the light/Word/Torah, to set a value on it daily!