Parashat Terumah, "The genuine man of faith."


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
(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.

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Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!