In Pastor Mark’s teaching on Terumah, he brought out how the curtains were to be coupled together. Now at first glance you wouldn’t think much about this little phrase. But G-d goes on to direct how this would be done. There would need to be 50 loops on each curtain and they would take hold of one another. Exodus 26:5
What do we learn from this? G-d is speaking to us even in the way He wanted the Tabernacle to be assembled. He wanted the materials of the Tabernacle to be knit together in a way that they would hold on to one another. When things are knit together and holding on to one another, they are unified. When things are unified, they are strong.
The Tabernacle was a place where His very presence was going to dwell. We live in the time when His very presence dwells in us! G-d was painting a picture for us in the making of the Tabernacle that He wants us as believers to hold on to one another.
What is it that keeps believers from holding on to one another in unity? Things like gossip, suspicions, baseless hatred, unforgiveness and on and on the list could go. We all know things that have separated us from other believers, but Rabbi Shaul said, Romans15:5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had. What was the attitude of Yeshua toward each one of us? The Amidah says, Blessed are You, Oh Lord, who is merciful and always ready to forgive.
If we took this “merciful and always ready to forgive” attitude upon ourselves and applied it to other believers, what do you think the result would be? Do you think the heart of God would be filled to overflowing with joy – that His kids are actually in unity and forgiving one another? Do you think all of heaven would rejoice? Speaking of heaven, there is no disunity there among the believers that have already arrived. Maybe that is one reason that Yeshua taught His disciples to pray, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…..”
What can each one of us do to create unity in the Body of Yeshua today? It will, no doubt be worth the effort and the humbling that it may take. James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Blessings and Shalom to All