As Psalm 95:1-5 beautifully states, “O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. the sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.”

I spoke about the Tabernacle before and today I want to test out some ideas that connect Genesis’ creation account with another important story in the Torah, Exodus 25-40. There are an incredible amount of parallels.

After leaving Egypt, where there was slavery, darkness, and the chaos of injustice, Moses is told to create a “Tent of Meeting,” (Tabernacle) and there God would dwell with glorious presence. In Genesis, God creates people and they become a family out of the chaos and dwell with God in their midst, so too, after the great rescue out of Egypt, God creates a united family and walks with them through their wilderness. Obviously, the point of this beautifully inspired idea is that God desires to dwell with us, to be with us, to relate.

In the beginning, God created and defined three sections: the earth, heavens, and sea. So too the Tabernacle is divided into three parts: the outer court, the priestly court, and the Holy of Holies where God’s glory would be.

The creation was six days and on the seventh we are told, “God rested.” Seven times God speaks to Moses and commands something be acted upon and the seventh time God said to Moses that it was the Sabbath and there should be rest. As Dr. Rabbi Naftali S. Cohn writes about here, at the conclusion of the work of creation and the creation of the Tabernacle, the words of goodness are spoken. Exodus 39:43 tells us, “Moses saw all their work, and behold, just as the Lord had commanded it, they had done it, and he blessed them.” Likewise, Genesis 1:31 and Genesis 1:28, “God saw all He had made and behold, it was very good… “And God blessed them…” Amazing. Beautiful. Purposeful writing.

There in the Garden of Eden, which we read in Genesis 2, we see the tree of life. And to recapture this image so that the symbol may retell and remind, the Israelites built a menorah and it is adorned with buds, blossoms, branches, and fruit.

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