The Ark and the Tabernacle


The fruit of my studies and meditations over the past few months has yielded my last couple of blogs. And this blog contains a revelation of my own meditation. I have not seen this taught on (not saying it hasn’t, I just haven’t seen it myself).

I have over the past shown in the Hebrew Scriptures the separation of Israel and the nations and this is another thing I have found showing not only the separation of Israel and the nations but also another proof that the Creator did not give the nations a ritual Sabbath to observe.

As I pondered the subject of my last blog, I came to the revelation of this blog. I chose not to add it part of the last one mainly because of length, so I saved as kind of a part 2 of “Noahide Acknowledgment vs Observance of the 7th Day”

Now lets take a look at what I found in my meditation on the Torah.

I am going to work backward


In Exodus 35 the Creator ties the Sabbath with the building of the Tabernacle.

Israel knows this instruction, that no matter how important the Tabernacle is, they are not to do any work in its construction on the Sabbath day. From this instruction the Sages of Israel derived the 39 Melechot (39 creative acts) it takes to build the Tabernacle and thus all those creative actions in constructing the Tabernacle is what is forbidden for Israel to do on the Sabbath.


In Genesis 6, Noah was instructed by the same Creator to build an Ark and in chapter 9 he and his sons were given the instruction to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth.

Within the instructions given to Noah and his sons, there were no instructions specifically given before the construction of the Ark nor the settling of the earth to keep any form of 7th Day observance as part of their duties.

What I see, is the Creator instructing two peoples in whom He has given separate duties. One is tied to the earth (Noah) and the other is tied to Heaven (Israel) this is why there is a separation of purpose and duties between the two peoples.

1. It is Israel’s job to build the House of the Creator and to be its priest and care takers.

2. Noah’s job was to, build an Ark to protect the animals and his family, and then they all together were to inhabit the earth.

We can now begin to understand the confusion some Noahides have when they try to mix the duties of one with the other – the mixing of the duties of Heaven with those of the duties of the earth.

Though there is a separation of duties, does not mean we of the earth cannot come to the Heavenly House – King Solomon’s prayer of dedication shows us this.

1 Kings 8: 41-43

Moreover concerning the stranger that is not of Your people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for Your Name’s sakefor they shall hear of Your great Name, and of Your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm–when he shall come and pray toward this house; hear in heaven Your dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger calls to You for; that all the peoples of the earth may know Your Name, to fear You, as does Your people Israel, and that they may know that You Name is called upon this house which I have built.

We can go to the House of the Creator but it is a visit, we are not commissioned to live there and upkeep its functions. We have the earth to tend to. This is a 7 day a week job and we should be excited in the duties the Creator has entrusted us to do.

Two jobs – the Ark and the Tabernacle – two peoples with separate missions from One Creator.

One last point – the Holy Torah begins with the Hebrew letter ‘Beit’ that has a numerical value of two – “Bereishit” – “In the beginning of God’s creating, He created the Heavens and the earth”

He prepared two peoples that would have duties reflecting both parts of the creation, we work together bring about the will of the Creator on the earth.

As Noahides, our birthright is the 7 universal instructions and the earth – let us be about what the Creator has given us to do.

Terry W. Hayes


2 thoughts on “The Ark and the Tabernacle

  1. Evelyn Carpenter

    Thank you so much for sharing these blogs regarding the Sabbath. I have pondered this issue ever since becoming a Noahide about 18 years ago. Your blogs have helped me see the true picture of the different duties, etc. of Hashem’s Chosen people, Israelites, and the Nations, non-Jews.. Keep up the good work of helping us to know, understand, and do what we should be doing as Noahides.

    1. Thank you for your kind words.

      I have teamed up with Pesach and Shira Sherbow of Tzfat Israel who runs Torah For The Nations. We have teamed up as Jew and gentile to work together in this endeavor to help fellow Noahides.

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