Parsha: Pekudei, Exodus 38:21 – 40:38, 1 Kings 7:40-50, Revelation 15:5-8

To our 9:00 am Shabbat Ark of Prayer and the Mishpacha within,

The parsha this week is Pekudei, Exodus 38:21 – 40:38, 1 Kings 7:40-50, Revelation 15:5-8

Here is what I noticed:

1) The cost of the tabernacle project was huge. The gold, silver and bronze, at today’s prices (cheaper today relative to income than to income then), was about $48.7 million. Plus the cost of the linen, skins, precious stones and labor probably added at least another $10 million. Clearly, at least at this moment, Israel was trusting G-d with their future and their current resources. They were committed to G-d for all the details of the tabernacle project.

2) The Israelites recorded the what, when, how and who in great detail. I believe that this was because they wanted to confirm to G-d and to themselves that they understood exactly what G-d required of them.

I have found that writing things down helps me enormously. Part of what I do to work my food related recovery is the read the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous as the book has a lot of wisdom about obsessions of the mind and allergies of the body across all compulsions.

Although I am an avid underliner, I find that unless I go back and review my underlines and journal about them, I miss a lot. This slows down my recovery. I have also found that a dream for some change or happening in my life remains a wish and unfulfilled until I write it down and break it into action steps. So writing things down is often the difference between success and failure.

3) The tabernacle project details were not perfectionism or obsessive compulsive but a careful melding of faith, personal and congregational commitment to G-d, and perseverance as they worked to complete the task G-d set before them.

4) Their and my success depends on clearly knowing G-d’s plan and persevering as I and they follow it. When I understand and am actively following the plan G-d has for me, I find that it brings me serenity and clarity about my day to day activities and priorities because it leaves the results to G-d. So I know that however it turns out, it is what G-d intended. All I have to do is suit up and show up and do my best.

How will this parsha impact your prayers this week and this Shabbat?

I look forward to hearing what G-d has shared with you this week and how we should pray for TAJ.

Your brother in Yeshua in the TEVA TEFILAH,

Kurt


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