Parashat Terumah, "The genuine man of faith."

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In this week’s reading, the Lord speaks to Moshe saying
Shemot / Exodus  25:2 ‘Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me;
from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution. … 25:8 ‘Let
them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.  25:9 ‘According to
all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its
furniture, just so you shall construct it. (NASB)
 
Here the Lord does not
command the children of Yisrael to give but requests that the giving is done from ones heart,
as much as their heart moves them to give to the Lord.  The building materials acquired
for the construction of the temple is taken from the gift contribution of the people. 
This is a very significant portion of scripture, the reason being that these scriptures make
a distinction between a genuine believer and all the other men of the congregation of Yisrael. 
The honest and sincere giving to God for materials to build His tabernacle illustrates for us
that God desires us to love from a pure heart and a
good conscience and a sincere faith”

(2 Timothy 1:5)
and have sincere
love”
(1 Peter 1:22) for
God and for our brethren.  The honesty of heart distinguishes the genuine man or woman
of faith from all other men.  Have you demonstrated honesty and sincerity in faith and
love in your life for the Lord? Read More here.