Parashat Tetzaveh

As we read the Word of Adonai this week, the altar in the tabernacle and the temple are front and center, as are the garments of the priests, and even the oil used for the lighting of the menorah (Exodus 27:20-30:10, Ezekiel 43:10-27). As we read it today, it seems like it was such a meticulous effort to please God and continue receiving His blessings, but it also reminds us just how few excuses we have today not to be in the presence of Adonai (Hebrews 13:10-17).

While each garment and implement within the tabernacle have a prophetic meaning for what was and still is to come, today we are the living tabernacles of the Holy Spirit, uniquely crafted for the purpose of glorifying Adonai (1 Corinthians 6:19), and we still have a daily duty to prepare that temple according to that purpose. Is the oil of your life you are using to shine the light of Yeshua pure? Are you raising an altar of worship in Spirit and truth daily? All of the customs and traditions of the past are a foreshadowing of what we now have the privilege of stewarding today, which is our personal relationship with the Great I Am, but are we tending to that relationship with the same amount of reverential awe as the priests of the Old Testament once cared for the temple? If we did, the world would know it, see it, and have no doubt that Adonai Is precisely Who He says He Is.

This coming shabbat we will also celebrate Purim, a time of immense joy remembering how Elohim had mercy on Israel and saved them yet again from annihilation, turning the evil decree back on the enemy Haman who was then hung on the gallows he built for Mordechai. This is not only a reminder that vengeance is His (Romans 12:19), but also for each of us to remember that we have been placed in each of our positions just like Esther and Mordechai to bring salvation to those around us. The same grace, favor, bravery, and boldness of Esther is within us as well. You have been specially anointed for such a time as this, but the world does everything to tell you otherwise. You are a treasure and so is every person you come across in your daily life. No matter the inherent flaws or wrongs we may see at first glance, what does Adonai see? Better yet, do you see what He sees?

As we steward our own tabernacles, and keep the menorah burning day and night, watch and see the grace and favor of Adonai over your life, and witness the Hamans both in the flesh and the spirit be judged by the Great I Am. Rejoice this Purim, because just as the evil decree was reversed over Israel, so too has it been reversed over ourselves through the blood of Yeshua. As we celebrate, let it be a prophetic act over ourselves, families, businesses, ministries, and nations that every plan and scheme of the fallen kingdom of darkness is null and void by the blood of Yeshua and that the evil decree is being turned back on our enemies for the glory of God. Adonai bless you and keep you!

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