Parasha Vayak’hel

Sh’mot (Exodus) 35:1 – 39:20
Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Ki.) 7:13 – 26
Brit Chadasha: 2 Corin. 9:1 – 15; And Heb. 9:1 – 14

The Alef Tav

  • In the Revelation of Yeshua HaMashiach to John we find 4 references to the Alef Tav, the first and last letters of the Hebrew Alef Bet; Rev. 1:8, 1:11, 21:6 and 22:13.
  • The translation reads “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.”
  • Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet.
  • Messiah Yeshua is a Hebrew man and not a Greek man therefore He would have said “I am the Alef and the Tav, the beginning and the ending.
  • He is the entire Hebrew Alef Bet from A to Z so to speak therefore He is ALL the Hebrew letters, ALL the Hebrew words. Jn. 1:1 confirms this understanding. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim.”
  • In its ancient form the Alef Tav would read “strength of the covenant.”
  • Is. 11:10 – 12 records the 2nd exodus: “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.” It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea. He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.

Parasha Vayak’hel

לֵהְ קַיַּו meaning “and to assemble or gather”

  • Parasha Vayak’hel (Exodus 35:1–38:20) opens with a restatement of the holiness of the Shabbat;
  • Ex. 35:1-3 “Moshe assembled all the congregation (kahal) of the Children of Israel ( תַ דֲל־עָת־כֶּֽ א ,(and said to them, “These are the words which Yehovah has commanded, that you should do them. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of solemn rest to Yehovah. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.” “You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

The Sabbath

  • What does the word Sabbath mean? The word Sabbath means the 7th day of the week. Likewise, the fact that in no language do we see “Sabbath” similarly linked with Sunday, the first day of the week, is an obvious confirmation that this day never was considered the biblical Sabbath until later religious leaders tried to substitute Sunday for the true Sabbath day.
  • Arabic: Sabet
  • Armenian: Shabat
  • Bosnian: Subota
  • Bulgarian: Sabota
  • Corsican: Sàbatu

Yeshua, Lord of the Shabbat

  • Yeshua was born during the 7th month. We believe He was born on the first day of Sukkot and circumcised on the 8th day, Shemini Atzeret.
  • Yeshua was resurrected on the 7th day. The 17th day of the first month.
  • He will return during the 7th month; the 7th year of the great tribulation.
  • Yeshua will rule and reign in the 7th millennia.

The Apostle Paul and the Sabbath

  • Heb. 4:9 – There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
  • Rav Shaul uses the Greek word which is “sabbatismos” which means “keeping the Sabbath.” An accurate interpretation of the reek text reads as follows: “So there remains a Sabbath-keeping for the people of Elohim.” (Walk in the Light series, the Sabbath, Todd D. Bennett, pg. 54)
  • The word “sabbatismos” is used only once in the Brit Chadasha.
  • Moshe is a type and shadow of Yeshua. Num. 12:3 tells us “Now Moshe was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth.”
  • Yeshua tells us He is also humble as recorded in Mt. 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  • Moshe “assembled” the children of Israel in the first Exodus while Yeshua will “assemble” Covenant Israel in the second Exodus.
  • In Deuteronomy 18:15, Moshe declares, “Yehovah your Elohay will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from our
  • brothers—it is to him you shall listen.” Notice that Moshe not only reveals the coming of this future prophet, but he also commands Israel to “listen” to him.
  • Several millennia later Yeshua, Moshe and Elijah, would appear on a mountain in the presence of Peter, James, and John. On that mountain, Yeshua was transfigured and His face “shone like the sun” and His “clothes became white as light” (Matt. 17:2). Then, Yehovah spoke out of a cloud, declaring, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” With those words, which echo the words of Moshe, Yehovah unequivocally declared that the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:15 had been fulfilled with the coming of Yeshua HaMashiach.

Compare Moshe and Yeshua


• An evil king/Pharaoh tried to kill him
as a baby: Ex. 1:22
• Moses was sent into Egypt to
preserve his life: Ex. 2:3-4
• Saved women at a well: Ex. 2:15-19
• Became a shepherd: Ex. 3:1
• Moshe performs signs/miracles


• King Herod tried to kill baby Yeshua:
Mt. 2:16
• Yeshua was taken into Egypt to
preserve His life: Mt. 2:13-15
• Saved a woman at a well: John 4
• He is the Good Shepherd: John 10:11
• Yeshua performs signs/miracles
• (partial listing furnished by

  • We are in the book of Exodus, Sh’mot, which means names. What can we learn from the name of our sidra?
  • Vayak’hel, the name of our sidra, tells a story. The root word is “kahal.” In this case “kahal” means assembly, the assembly of Israel. “Kahal” is prefixed by a Yod, לֵ הְ קַ יּ . When a Yod is prefixed to a verb stem, it means third person, future tense. The name of our parasha is speaking to a “future” assemblage of the Children of Israel.
  • I think most of us know the word “church” does not appear in the Brit Chadasha. The word that is used is “kahal.”
  • Mt. 16:18 And I say also to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my “kahal”( קהלתי-את ( and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (The Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels)
  • The rock that is being referred to in the previous statement made by Peter is recorded in Mt. 16:13:
  • Mt. 16:13 When Yeshua came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Mashiach, the Son of the living God.”
  • Peter is not the rock. The “kahal” of Yeshua will be built on revelation that He is the Mashiach, the anointed one sent by The Father. The Light of Torah is a “kehilot,” part of His assembly.
  • 35:4 – 10 And Moshe spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which Yehovah commanded, saying: Take from among you an offering to Yehovah. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to Yehovah: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. Every wise hearted person among you shall come and make all that Yehovah has commanded.”
  • The Hebrew word for wise is םָכָ ח which has been used six times in this sidra. In its ancient form would read: “separate yourselves and open the way for the mighty.” For six thousand years man has strived to draw closer to Yehovah. Israel is a compound word defined as striving or wrestling with God.
  • By examining the word “chakam” (םָכָ ח (in its ancient form we can see that being “wise” begins with separation.
  • The Hebrew letter Chet means to divide, separate or private.
  • By following His protocol for worship and observing the Sabbath day we are separating ourselves from the world at large.
  • In its ancient form the Hebrew letter Kaph means to open, to allow or to cover. We have separated ourselves from the world and by this action we are allowing the spirit of Holiness to lead us into all truth and righteousness.
  • Finally, the letter Mem means liquid, chaos or mighty. Being wise then is separating ourselves, allowing His Spirit to teach us thereby aligning ourselves with El Gibor, mighty God. ,( אֶֽ ת־אָ הֳ �ו ) tent its ), אֶ ת־הַ מִּ שְׁ כָּן) tabernacle The “19- 11:35• boards its ), אֶ ת־קְ רָ סָ יו ) clasps its ּ ), אֶ ת־מִ כְסֵ הו ) covering its and ), אֶ ת־עַ מֻּ דָ יו) pillars its ), אֶ ת־בְּ רִ יחָ ו) bars its ), אֶ ת־קְ רָ שָׁ יו) poles its and ) אֶ ת־הָ אָ רֹן ) ark the); אֶ ת־אֲדָ נָֽיו ) sockets its veil the and ) אֶ ת־הַ כַּפֹּרֶ ת) seat mercy the with ), אֶ ת־בַּ דָּ יו ) all ), אֶ ת־בַּ דָּ יו) poles its and ) אֶ ת־הַ שֻּׁ לְ חָ ן ) table the of ) פָּ רֹכֶת) its utensils (יוָ לֵל־כָּת־כֶּ א ,( and the showbread; also the ,( אֶ ת־כֵּלֶ יהָ ) utensils its, light the for ) אֶ ת־מְ נֹרַ ת) lampstand its lamps (יהֶ תֹרֵת־נֶ א ,( ָ and the oil for the light; the incense the, oil anointing the), אֶ ת־בַּ דָּ יו) poles its ), אֶ ת־מִ זְבַּ ח) altar sweet incense, and the screen ( ךַ סָ ת־מֶ א ( ְ for the door at the entrance of the tabernacle;
  • …the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating את־מִ כְבַּ ר ) ,(אֶ ת־כָּל־כֵּלָ יו) utensils its all ), אֶ ת־בַּ דָּ יו) poles itsֶ ),
  • hangings the); אֶ ת־כַּנֹּֽ ו) base its and ) אֶ ת־הַ כִּיֹּ ר) laver the and ,( אֶ ת־אֲדָ נֶיהָ ) sockets their ), אֶ ת־עַ מֻּ דָ יו ) pillars its, court the of and the screen for the gate of the court; the pegs the of ) אֶ ת־יִתְ דֹת) pegs the, tabernacle the of )אֶ ת־יִתְ דֹת) (אֶ ת־בִּ גְ דֵ י) garments the); אֶ ת־מֵ יתְ רֵ יהֶֽ ם) cords their and, court of ministry, for ministering in the holy place—the holy garments (יֵ דְ גִ ת־בֶּ א ( for Aaron the priest and the garments ( יֵ דְ גִ ת־בֶּ א ( of his sons, to minister as priests.”
  • There was only one article of furnishing that didn’t have the Alef Tav connection. That article of furniture was the Parochet; the curtain between the Holy place and the Holy of Holies. Mt. 27:50 – 51 When Yeshua had cried out again in a loud voice, He yielded up His spirit. At that moment the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split.
  • • The veil having been rent in two is part of the completed work accomplished at His first advent. It’s clear that the Alef Tav Yeshua, the Bridegroom in intricately involved with the Mishkan, the Tabernacle in the wilderness. The Mishkan and future Temples serve one purpose; to bring reconciliation and restoration to Covenant Israel, the Bride.
  • Yeshua has always been our path to redemption. For the first 4000 years He was “concealed.” The ensuing 2000 years He was “revealed.” He will rule and reign in the 7000 year.
  • Our path to redemption begins outside the perimeters of the outer court. The sacrifice is provided by man which is then
  • given to the priest. In our day and hour Scripture tells us that we are the sacrifice. Rom. 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
  • How is our sacrifice made?
  • We become “wise;” separated from societal norms. Like Messiah Yeshua, we “humble” or “surrender” ourselves. We become “humble” by our submission. Scripture tells us in Mt. 16:25 “For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it.”
  • This is speaking to a spiritual loss and not a physical loss.


  • Wisdom is a little different. The Hebrew word for wisdom is הָ מְכָ ח . The rule of first mention takes us back to Parasha Tetzaveh; 28:3 “So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments (יֵ דְ גִ ת־בֶּ א ,( to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest.”
  • This, however, is not the first time the spirit of wisdom has been active.
  • Prov. 8:22:31 “Yehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: when I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons את־בְּ נֵי ) ֶ ) of men.
  • The word “wisdom” is used five times in this sidra. The numerical value is 73; 7 + 3 = 10. Wisdom is the Torah, the 10 Words.
  • Wisdom = Torah, which was present before creation. Why was Torah needed in the world? Scripture tells us in Ge. 1:2 “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was hovering over the face of the waters.” **Darkness is the absence of light.
  • Wisdom, Torah, was brought into the world as the Alef Tav light. Wisdom is feminine in gender. Wisdom, Torah, was brought into the world for the benefit of the Bride.
  • As you can see the water laver is positioned between the great altar and the entrance to the Holy Place. Ex. 30:17-21 “Then Yehovah spoke to Moshe, saying: You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall in ) אֶ ת־רַ גְ לֵ יהֶֽ ם) feet their and ) אֶ ת־יְדֵ יהֶ ם) hands their wash water from it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to Yehovah, they shall wash with water, lest they die. So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them– to him and his descendants throughout their generations.”
  • The great altar represents earth. The water laver represents heaven. The priests walk back and forth between earth and heaven.
  • Has there always been water between heaven and earth? Ge. 1:6 – 8 Then Elohim said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus Elohim made the firmament ( ַיעִ קָ רָ ת־הֶ א ,(and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And Elohim called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
  • The Alef Tav firmament stands between earth and heaven. This is the same position the water laver is in, standing between earth and heaven. What then, is the water?
  • Is. 12:3 “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
  • Jn. 4:10 Yeshua answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
  • Jn. 7:37 – 38 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
  • Eph. 5:25 – 27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Yeshua also loved the kahal and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious kahal, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
  • Rev. 21:6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
  • Rev. 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
  • It is the priesthood that washes their hands and feet in the water laver and it is the priesthood that teaches Torah. Can the physically washing of hands and feet be symbolic of the preparation for leaving the physical to enter the spiritual?
  • Jn. 13:1 – 5 It was just before the Passover Festival. Yeshua knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Yeshua. Yeshua knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
  • 12 – 17 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
  • Yeshua had removed their sandals which are symbolic of their earthly inheritance and washed their feet. Their feet are washed in the water provided by Yeshua so their feet will point in the right direction.
  • In conclusion, The תַ דֲל־עָת־כֶּֽ א breaks down as follows.
  • תֶֽ א = is the “bridegroom”
  • לָכּ = means the “entire”
  • תַ דֲע = is the assembly, the “bride”
  • There are more Alef Tav’s in these sections of Scripture concerning the covenant temple furnishings than any other place in the Tanakh. (The Messianic Alef Tav Scriptures, Wm. H. Sanford, pg. 79)
  • This shows us that from the beginning the Alef Tav was our path to redemption. Redemption was never going to be accomplished by anyone else.


  • M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 7:13 – 26
  • In 35:31 scripture restates: “and He has filled him (Betzalel) with the Spirit of Yehovah, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship.
  • Betzalel has been given “Godly” wisdom etc.
  • In contrast, our Haftarah portion is speaking to the opposition.
  • And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
  • There is a misconception regarding the wisdom of Solomon. We all know that Solomon prayed for wisdom in order to
  • judge Israel. 1 Ki. 3:12… Behold, I have given you a wise and understanding heart.No mention of Godly wisdom. King Solomon is well known for his occult practices and Hiram is a venerated individual in freemasonry.

Brit Chadasha

  • 2nd Corin. 9:7 Elohim loves a cheerful giver.
  • Heb. 9:1 speaks to the elements and furnishings constructed for the Mishkan.
  • Rev. 11:3 speaks to the Adat, the congregation. And I will