Time and the Holy

Saturday – Torah
Exodus 35:1—36:19

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Here, as often throughout the Torah readings, the law of the Sabbath is repeated. Though these readings from Exodus are about holy objects, it is well to remember that the first designation of the word holy in the Bible in Genesis 2:3 is not given to an article, or even to a person: it is given to time—the Sabbath.

Everyone is involved in bringing the gifts for the Tabernacle. There is frequent use of terms such as those whose “hearts were stirred” and “spirits were willing.”

Moses repeats what the Lord gave to him in 31:2-6. This is among the earliest references in the Bible to the Holy Spirit filling someone. The Spirit gives Bezalel the anointing to gather all the gifts into the unity of the Tabernacle. God fills you with the Holy Spirit so that you may transform the gifts of others into a time and a place where God dwells.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Sabbath resting in You, Lord 35:2
My talents offered to You 35:10
Fill my skill with Your Spirit. 35:31
Here and now is holiness. 36:19

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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“Clock” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations that move
through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Clock” introduces the Third Week in Pentecost.

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

As old as my memory, the face of a family clock has been turned toward mine.
In steady, relentless rhythm, the hands weave and wave the minutes
    in the space of each hour.

The clock rests beside the person of the hour with whom I seek to pastor,
    to listen and share the Word of life.
The face of that other changes often—brows bent in resentment,
    arched in fear, bowed in weeping uplifted in joy.
So many changes beside that other changeless face that simply and silently points to the moment in the hour’s space of feeling’s shift.
And wisdom comes again:

A moment’s intensity is never greater
than the flow of time. “This too shall pass.”