This week’s Portion, P’Kudei (“Accounts”), Exodus 38:21-40:38, is the final Portion in Exodus.
Over the last several weeks we have seen God give Moses the instructions to construct the Tabernacle, all its furnishings, the Priestly garments and He gave the procedure to sanctify the Priests. Last week, God released Moses to action; we saw the building of the Tabernacle and its furnishings. In this week’s Portion we see the fabrication of the Priests’ garments; finally, all the elements have been built.
Starting on Nisan 1 (the first day of the new year) Moses carefully assembled every item in the Tabernacle and also the Priestly garments. This entire process started shortly after Moses returned from his second trip up Mt Sinai Yom Kippur, and it has been completed now less than six months later!
When all had been assembled, he Glory of God fell on the Tabernacle but Moses was prevented from entering – why? Everything had been accomplished except … the consecration of the Priests; we won’t see that happen until chapters 8 & 9 of Leviticus. Then and only then will God allow His Servants to enter.
This scene sets the stage perfectly to lead into the Book of Leviticus!
And as we read the final verses of Exodus, we say, “Chazak, chazak, v’nit chazek!” “Be Strong, Be Strong and be Strengthened!”