Portion Ki Tisa: Exodus 30:11-34:35
This symbolizes the area of our soul. After we heard about Yeshua, and entered the court by confessing our sins and asking Him to be Lord of our lives, we started to read the Word of God. Now we enter in to the area of our soul.
The showbread
It can be a shadow of our will. The strength of our soul lies in our will. Leviticus 24:5-9

5 “Take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread, using two-tenths of an ephah for each loaf. 6 Arrange them in two stacks, six in each stack, on the table of pure gold before the Lord. 7 By each tack put some pure incense as a memorial portion to represent the bread and to be a food offering presented to the Lord. 8 This bread is to be set out before the Lord regularly, Sabbath after Sabbath, on behalf of the Israelites, as a lasting covenant. 9 It belongs to Aaron and his sons, who are to eat it in the sanctuary area, because it is a most holy part of their perpetual share of the food offerings presented to the Lord.”

Every Sabbath the bread was placed before the Lord and it was to be a lasting covenant. The bread was set out before the face of the Lord in the same way that we are to commit our will to the Lord each day.

John 4:34

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Our satisfaction in life will derive from doing the will of the Lord. In the same way that we make dough, work it with our hands, let it rise and then bake it, we must take our will, work it again and again, so it will soften before the Lord, let it go through the fire of the Word of God and trials so it will become strong and will take the form the Lord wants it to have. And, in the same way that the showbread was presented to the Lord in a certain manner, so our will has to be set in order and be presented to the Lord. As Yeshua said, Your will shall be my will.

Our will has to be worked on, baked, put in order and presented to the Lord.

Psalm 40:8

I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.

John 6:38

38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the willof him who sent me.

All of Yeshua’s motivation was set out to do God’s will.
The Menorah (10-armed candlestick)
Outside in the court it was the sun that provided light….

In the Holy place it was the menorah. Like the menorah it is God’s Word that enlights our mind, our intellect, subjected to our will.

Psalm 119:130

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

2 Corinthians 10:5

5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

The menorah was made of gold. It took a long time to work on and forge the gold until it assumed the form of the ten-armed candlestick. It also took artisans who knew their trade well. It took learning and discipline to acquire this trade. In the same way, each of us is to form his or her menorah, i.e, to renew our minds in the washing of the Word of God.

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The Golden Altar of Incense
The altar symbolizes our emotions. They have to be geared towards God in prayer, thanksgiving and worship. Our emotions need to be governed by our will subject to the Lord’s will which has to be renewed continuously through His word. When our soul is thus geared towards the Lord, our lives will render a sweet-smelling odor to God, like the incense of the golden altar. Our feelings have to be surrendered to our will which surrenders and conforms to the will of God.

In the same way that the golden altar was embraced all around by a frame of gold, so our emotions need to be embraced and framed by God’s authority.

I Corinthians 14:40

But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

Proverbs 28:26

Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

It is our emotions take us to a place of prayer and worship

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

This growth and change within our soul takes us to the realm of the spirit, to the Holy of holies.