This Parsha post on parsha Tetzaveh comes to us from Spring intern Anonymous. This parsha was read last shabbat, but with Purim we got a little behind…RedSox error. And now…Anonymous:
Parsha Tetzaveh comes from Exodus 28-30:10, which seems to be a rather intense, but somehow simultaneously boring set of passages. We start in chapter 28 where we are first introduced to the priesthood and its purposes. The chapter then goes on for 43 verses and details what the priests (specifically Aaron) are supposed to wear. There is an emphasis on it being a beautiful and intricate design where fine craftsmen are needed to complete it. Over all there didn’t seem to be a whole lot from this passage that is applicable to my life today, although if you’re throwing a Bible themed costume party, this would definitely win 1st prize.
Now chapter 29 is similar to chapter 28 in the way that it is detailing instructions for the priests on how to make animal sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God. To put it simply, it’s super gross and very detailed. As I was reading through this chapter I kept asking myself, “what can I gain from this passage?” I’m not a priest, there isn’t a Temple, and animal sacrifice isn’t part of life or worship for us today. I read it again and continued to ask myself the same question. The word consecration began to stick out to me. Consecration here means to be set apart, something that God asks of his people. I was reminded of all the different scriptures where God commands us to be “set apart”. He tells us to follow Him we must look different than the world; and just like the priests, becoming consecrated is a process. Another thing that stuck out to me about being set apart is that, ultimately, it starts with us being chosen. God chose the priests to come from Aaron and his sons. Throughout the Bible, God calls Israel His chosen people, and through the sacrifice of Yeshua we too are His chosen people. In 1 Peter 2:9 it says just that, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” God continually uses the priesthood as an example of what we as believers should look like; set apart to live out our faith so others may watch us and want to know what’s different about us. I want to encourage you to live out your life knowing that you are chosen and set apart by a God who knows and loves you!
Belated Shabbat Shalom Camp Gilgal!