The Distinction of the Tărūmāh: What is a Heave Offering?

“When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!”

John Wesley

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others.

Luke 11:42 NRSV

Have you ever heard about the heave offering?

You can find the term “heave offering” several times in the Old Testament specifically. It’s a way of presenting one’s offering to the Lord. It usually appear together with burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the offering of the firstborn flocks. The Mosaic Law requires the people of God to give the heave offering.

Heaving is an action. It’s pertains to an upward movement. An offering is distinguished as a heave offering because there is a generic movement of lifting or heaving the sacrifice toward the altar. It is also referred to as separating a portion of the sacrifice from the rest. The “heaved” up portion was set apart for the consumption of the priests (Lev. 7:34), because God takes care of His ministers. Here’s a picture of how the process of the heave offering is done:

 27 And thou shalt sanctify the breast of the wave offering, and the shoulder of the heave offering, which is waved, and which is heaved up, of the ram of the consecration, even of that which is for Aaron, and of that which is for his sons:

28 And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’ by a statute for ever from the children of Israel: for it is an heave offering: and it shall be an heave offering from the children of Israel of the sacrifice of their peace offerings, even their heave offering unto the Lord. (Exodus 29:27-28, King James Version)

The distinction of târumah

Târumah is a heave offering; it is a contribution of the believer to the ministry of God.

The Hebrew term “Târumah” (תְּרוּמָה [târuwmah or târumah), pronounced as ter·oo·maw is translated as “offering” appears 51 times,  “oblation” 19 times, “heave” four times, “gifts” once, and “offered” once. There is an interesting correlation between how this single word is translated into different Scripture and it gives us a hint as to how important this concept is to the Lord. Târumah is a heave offering; it is a contribution of the believer to the ministry of God.

Târumah serves as a call for the Israelites to bring to God what we understand as “gifts”.  In Scripture we read: “The Lord said to Moses: Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receive the offering for me” (Exodus 25:1-2). In The Torah: A Modern Commentary, it reads like this: “you shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart is so moved”. God uses His people to bless His ministers. It is because of God’s grace and will that the members of the Body of Christ bless His front liners in the ministry. It’s not because of the church member’s own generosity and wealth.

It is because God touches one’s heart to be generous and provides for him that he is able to give the Târumah offering.

A member of the church cannot say, “I am so generous to my pastor, which is why I am giving him my Târumah offering, on top of my tithes.” It is because God touches one’s heart to be generous and provides for him that he is able to give the Târumah offering. Otherwise, they cannot exhibit this generosity. This generosity comes from the Lordship the believer places himself under, in order to obey the commands of the Lord.

In the passage, after God enumerated the precious metals, stones, and materials that would constitute such gifts, God reveals the purpose for this command.[i] God said, “And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them” (Exo. 25:8). Do you want the Lord to truly dwell among you in your church? Then, you need to obey and bring in the Târumah offering.

People need symbols. They cannot fully grasp the concept of God because He is intangible and invisible. As human beings, we are used to understanding concrete things more effectively than abstract concepts. As a quest to make this human-divine partnership more tangible, the Bible presents the idea of making a sanctuary for God. The idea of gift-giving or donating to God is rendered so that human beings understand how they can express their worship and loyalty to the Lord.

The idea of gift-giving or donating to God is rendered so that human beings understand how they can express their worship and loyalty to the Lord.

Notice the words the author used in the passage from Exodus 25. The Scripture used “to take” instead of “to bring” in “Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering.” Hold that thought for a second, and look at it from another angle. If we linguistically study this word, the verb meaning of “Târumah” is “to elevate.” Does this root-meaning add anything more to our understanding of what’s going on here? Have you ever seen something elevate? If you’ve ridden an elevator before, it goes from the first floor to the second floor. It leaves the first floor, and arrives at the second floor. An elevator that works cannot be both in the first floor and the second floor at the same time.

Going back, why did the verse say, “To take for me” The Bible talks about taking an offering, but why did it not directly say to bring your donations to God? A linguistic investigation shows us insights into human ways of thinking. There is a “Take and give” concept here.[i] In order to give something, it must be taken from ourselves. Said in another way, true gift giving is about giving something up.

True gift giving is about giving something up.

The Târumah is a heart offering (see Exo 25:2) that can be elevated. The elevation here refers to the spiritual expansion because of the elevated nature of the gift. Throughout the Pentateuch, Moses is described as “going up” to commune with God. This suggests that through the gifts that the people of God give to the ministers, then all Israelites are able to ascend toward the Divine. They need to let go of something to get to somewhere. As in the elevator illustration, they need to let go of being in the first floor in order to reach higher floors. In the context of the heave offering, it is letting go of a tangible object, in order to experience an intangible God.

 

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Wait for the Right Time — God’s Timing

You may be feeling frustrated that you are getting overlooked or that other people are receiving their mantles before you. Do not compare yourself with others. You must not use other people’s lives as the standard for when God will appoint you because you have your own story.

Elisha was appointed by God to be his prophet. However, God also used Elijah to recognize, prepare, and establish this appointment. At the same time, God used Jacob, Potiphar, the prison warden, and the Pharaoh to choose Joseph for a position in Egypt that was already his through God’s divine appointment.

We must not self-appoint ourselves to a mantle or ministry. God can use those who are overseeing you to recognize and establish you to the calling you are meant for at the right time (Acts 6:6, Acts 13:1-3). You must be secure in God’s timing. In the meantime, prepare and be in faith.

 

God can use those who are overseeing you to recognize and establish you to the calling you are meant for at the right time (Acts 6:6, Acts 13:1-3).

 

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Servanthood Positions Prepares You for the Anointing

For a long time, Elisha was Elijah’s servant. He was supporting him in a menial capacity in the prophetic ministry. He was training “on-the-job,” so to speak (1 Kgs. 3:11). Similarly, Joseph practiced servanthood for years. First, he served in his father’s house. Then, when his brothers sold him as a slave, he worked for Potiphar. When he was imprisoned, he worked faithfully under the prison warden. It was a long and hard road before he received the mantle of rulership in Egypt through his prophetic gift.

A season of serving taught them to be faithful and to have a teachable heart — qualities that would benefit those with the prophetic mantle.

For most of the time, people want to go directly after the mantle. However, looking at the lives of Joseph and Elisha, we see how God already had a plan for their lives. He had a purpose for the times He placed them in humble positions with the people and leaders they served. A season of serving taught them to be faithful and to have a teachable heart — qualities that would benefit those with the prophetic mantle.

Elisha was first a worker in the fields when Elijah called him to serve under him. He also served under Elijah for some time. It took these years of service before he took up Elijah’s mantle. These times of service were not just “stepping stones” that they could skip out on. These were critical and character-building seasons that equipped them to carry the weight of the mantle.

Joseph also had a series of physical mantles along the way. The “coat of many colors” was given to him — prophetically — to indicate how his father favored him. However, during this time, he was not ready for this “mantle” to oversee his brothers. His brothers hated him because of how he acted when he was sharing his dreams. Later, Joseph was given a cloak in Potiphar’s household as head slave (Gen. 41:42). However, it was this cloak that Potiphar’s wife used to falsely accuse him. Joseph was faithful with the succession of mantles he was given, until he was ready for a higher calling.

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Elisha needed to cooperate with the call of God

Elisha needed to cooperate with the call of God on his life to receive the mantle. He could’ve rejected this calling, as so many people may have done in their lives. For Elisha, he hungered and pursued this appointment, as shown in how he pursued Elijah as a mentor. It was a sign of the burden God already placed in his heart. We can learn that if we have a burden and a desire for a certain appointment, it’s probably God who placed it there. God would not really call you into something, without placing a desire for this holy calling.

Joseph knew that at a young age, through prophetic dreams, that God called him to be a ruler. The desire God plants in our hearts is just one of many possible confirmations that the calling is ours. Thus, just because you have a desire does not mean that you are already called — remember, the heart can be deceitful at times (Jer. 17:9).

The desire God plants in our hearts is just one of many possible confirmations that the calling is ours.

 

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RECEIVING THE PROPHETIC MANTLE

When he passed on his mantle to Elisha, it was also a prophetic act of passing on the mantle to his successor (1 Kgs. 19:19).

 

As a people who operate in the prophetic realm, we are often drawn to the biblical account of Elijah and the prophetic mantle. Elijah’s mantle was not just a cloak he wore to protect him from the seasons, but it also represented his anointing and appointment as a prophet of God. When he passed on his mantle to Elisha, it was also a prophetic act of passing on the mantle to his successor (1 Kgs. 19:19). As I’ve mentioned before, the mantle is simply a bible metaphor for calling or anointing, or even an office, given to the individuals God chose. There was nothing magical about Elijah’s cloak and you must not go around looking for magic cloaks in thrift stores hoping to find the cloak Elijah used to own. The power is sourced from the Holy Spirit, not the piece of fabric.

If you think God is calling you to receive a prophetic mantle, here is a pattern by which people have been able to do so. Remember, there is no fixed formula with how God operates, but these are at least biblical models you can refer to from the lives of Joseph and Elisha.

God Determines Your Mantle Ahead of Time

We are not the ones who choose which mantle of anointing we receive from God. Instead, it is established and destined beforehand, by the One who knows us best — God. Elisha did not receive Elijah’s mantle because Elijah wanted him to have it. He didn’t happen to be at the right place at the right time. Elijah knew God appointed the mantle to be passed on to Elisha according to God’s prophetic word: “you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place” (1 Kgs. 19:16).

God would not really call you into something, without placing a desire for this holy calling.

 

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THE GIFT OF PROPHECY AND THE MANTLE OF PROPHECY

Those with the gift of prophecy can receive this mantle out of their desire to operate on this level of the prophetic realm.

The mantle of prophecy can be considered as a further progression of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Not everyone with the gift of prophecy can receive the mantle of prophecy. The mantle represents a specific calling into full-time ministry. Those with the gift of prophecy can receive this mantle out of their desire to operate on this level of the prophetic realm. This person may have been faithful with their gift over time and in the area given to them. In other words, no one receives the prophetic mantle the moment they received the gift of prophecy. It takes progression, maturity, and commitment.

When the Lord gives you the prophetic mantle, He will open you up to a larger sphere of ministry and influence — extending beyond the local church. They are still significant in the local church, but they can serve other churches and ministries as well. They have grown in maturity and influence in the local church to be trusted to minister to other churches. You need to be faithful in the little things to allow “more” to flow in. Thus, these individuals’ ministry can move out of the local church into areas of civil and community interests (not on national level).

The Lord is giving individuals with a prophetic mantle a louder and more distinct voice for the larger community and region.

The Lord is giving individuals with a prophetic mantle a louder and more distinct voice for the larger community and region. They are also becoming more influential in the community affairs. They can speak to community leaders and politicians, and they would feel the weight of the mantle on this person. Sometimes, these individuals are able to write out editorials to the local newspaper. They can give warnings to their region about things to come. They also speak God’s mind and heart into the decisions that need to be made.

 

 

 

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The Prophetic Mantle

Every prophet is a reformer. Woe to the prophet-less culture, for it has no one to tell it when it’s headed to destruction and guide it back to safety.

– Wallace Henley

 

5The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”

2 Kings 2:5 NRSV

The Prophetic Anointing

In the Second Book of Kings, we begin to understand the value of the prophetic mantle; “He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan” (2 Kgs. 2:13). Like Elisha, when he picked up the mantle that Elijah left behind, believers become endowed with the anointing of the prophet when they receive the prophetic mantle. The mantle itself does not have any power. We don’t need to have an actual physical mantle today in order to receive the prophetic anointing and ministry. The prophetic mantle is figurative of the anointing that individuals believe. In the “pool,” the prophetic mantle deals with a deeper prophetic anointing than simply operating with a spiritual gift.

Like Elisha, when he picked up the mantle that Elijah left behind, believers become endowed with the anointing of the prophet when they receive the prophetic mantle.

We need to recognize that not everyone with a prophetic anointing is a prophet. There is a thin line between the two — even if it’s sometimes indiscernible, the line still spells a difference. To have a prophetic anointing, it means that you must bear a mantle upon your higher calling. Let’s look at it this way, a pastor may be considered a prophetic pastor, or a teacher may be called a prophetic teacher. The higher calling specifically for these individuals are pastor and teacher, and the prophetic mantle is just icing on the cake, i.e. it is possible that the believer’s main calling may not be in the prophetic realm. Other examples of callings that can be strengthened by the prophetic mantle include being prophetic intercessors, prophetic counselors, prophetic evangelists, or prophetic writers.

 

 

 

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DISTINGUISHING THE “SPIRIT OF PROPHECY” LEVEL

The SPIRIT OF PROPHECY is poured out upon believers in the church to testify about Jesus Christ, which is true even today. For this reason, the Bible says that we may all prophesy (1Cor.14:31) and that the power of the prophetic still exists today; It did not die when the last apostle died as some would claim.

One cannot go to the deepest end, without stepping into this level first.

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The Prophetic Word from the Book of Revelations

The New Testament prophet John wrote about a voice from coming from God’s throne, giving him a picture of the future and prophetic word. The same apostle also had the same encounter with God in the next verses. There is authority from the throne of God. With full authority, the author proclaimed, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Based on this passage, we can take home four important points about the “spirit of prophecy” and “the prophetic word”. Jesus proclaimed an authoritative testimony and we must take notice. The voice in John’s vision speaks about Christ’s testimony — which refers to the testimonies given by Jesus or the testimony of believers about him. Mostly, we can observe how the “spirit of prophecy” causes believers to speak a word of testimony about Jesus.

We can observe how the “spirit of prophecy” causes believers to speak a word of testimony about Jesus.

Jesus preached (Lk. 4:43) about the kingdom of God. During his ministry on earth, he dealt with many aspects of this subject. He spoke of both redemption and of judgment. Those who believed in Jesus would be redeemed, while those who did not believe would face the harsh judgment of spiritual death. In addition to what Christ said, the entire life, death, and resurrection of Jesus proclaimed the truth of God.

The message of Jesus has an unmatched influence on humanity. Everyone everywhere must face the claims of the Son of God — it’s inevitable. Each of us has a choice to make, whether we accept or reject this message. The “spirit of prophecy” inspires us to make this significant choice, as we are called and predestined to be children of God.

Believers in Christ are witnesses of him. The “spirit of prophecy” causes us to proclaim the truth to people everywhere. It is this spirit that causes us to do this in a more powerful way, which is more intense and more effective than human capability. Every believer in Christ is called to witness. Our words and our lives tell the story of how Christ redeemed our lives.

Our lives give evidence to the transforming work of Christ who is the way, the truth, the prophetic word,  and the life. Sometimes, the witness of believers triggers opposition and persecution. Many people, today, face persecution and death because of “the testimony of Jesus.”

However, they keep proclaiming this by the power of the Holy Spirit. They can be bold and fearless in prophesying about the return of Christ because of this grace.

The main function of the Holy Spirit is to bear witness to Jesus. The Spirit does this by empowering believers to speak.

 

Source: https://journeyonline.org/revelation-1910-the-spirit-of-prophecy/

 

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Spirit of Prophecy

Levels of the spirit of prophecy: 

Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death, 

– Fyodor Dostoevsky

38 When Elisha returned to Gilgal, there was a famine in the land. As the company of prophets was sitting before him, he said to his servant, “Put the large pot on, and make some stew for the company of prophets.”

2 Kings 4:38 NRSV

The levels of the spirit of prophecy can be likened to a pool. The water gets deeper as they go further into the pool. The farthest and deepest end of the pool can be the prophetic level with the greatest intensity and accuracy.

Just because a person can prophesy, it does not mean he is called to be a prophet or to the Office of the Prophet.

Any divine communication, illumination, and divine inspiration is the work of the Holy Spirit. A prophetic spirit — and is therefore prophetic in nature. Let’s begin with the first level of prophecy.

Any divine communication, illumination, and divine inspiration is the work of the Holy Spirit — a prophetic spirit — and is therefore prophetic in nature.

 

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Prayer in the Spirit 


By prayer in the Spirit, i.e. glossolalia or praying in tongues, you can find prophecy flowing more naturally (Acts 19:6).

By Prayer in the Spirit, the prophet also experiences edification or being personally built up (1 Cor. 14; Jude 1:20). You are filled so that you can also be a blessing to others.

Moreover, prayer in the spirit allows you to get involved in spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:18).  Through this practice of glossolalia, you can also give control of your tongue to the Holy Spirit (Jas. 3:2-5), thus facilitating prophecy.

The apostle Paul was able to thank God for being able to speak in tongues, even more than the Corinthians (1 Cor 14:18), so he evidently thought it a powerful exercise.

Through this practice of glossolalia, you can also give control of your tongue to the Holy Spirit (Jas. 3:2-5), thus facilitating prophecy.

Prayer partners

Find a prayer partner in the church community to stand with you in prayer for the following:

  1. The desire to grow your prophetic gift.
  2. The wisdom to be good stewards of your gift.

Why Is it Important?

Prayer in the Spirit is vibrant to our blessings, evolution in elegance, facts of Christ, in our moral reply to God in all parts of our life). Moreover, it changes us from the inner and modification and organized us and enthusiastic to prepare God’s will.

Intermediate school of prophets meditation

Dear Lord,

Thank You for blessing me with this prophetic gift. I pray that I grow as a faithful steward of this gift. I pray for the grace to be excellent as I partner with the Holy Spirit to receive a greater anointing for Your glory.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Praying in the Spirit

Fasting in the Bible

Fasting in the Bible is that:

The Bible consistently records how in seasons of fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit speaks (Acts 13:2).

Every effective prophetic ministry from experience has been established from people who fasted and prayed. By fasting, one’s spiritual discernment opens up more readily. Fasting has a powerful impact in the spiritual realm (Dan. 10; Mt. 4:1-2).

Most importantly by fasting, one’s spiritual discernment opens up more readily.

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