When something great is to be done, it always begins with a plan with a design for accomplishing the project. Where did we learn this way of getting something accomplished for the good of many? People have learned over centuries of time on earth from God who taught his people how to accomplish a great work—even if you are in the middle of a wilderness!
God, the owner of all, brings his head foreman, Moses to meet with Him. God gives the “blueprint” with the exact design and plan. God, being God, already knows who the skilled among His People will be and tells Moses so he can bring them all together to accomplish the plan. God also knows what the people have in their tents to contribute to the building of the place of worship where God will come and meet with His People through his appointed priests. God knows, God told Moses what to do with how to do it, now it’s time for the people to implement the God’s plan and very specific design. This also takes their minds from whining about eating manna to something much larger than themselves. Mm.
Exodus 35, The Message
Building the Place of Worship
35 Moses spoke to the entire congregation of Israel, saying, “These are the things that God has commanded you to do:
2-3 “Work six days, but the seventh day will be a holy rest day, God’s holy rest day. Anyone who works on this day must be put to death. Don’t light any fires in your homes on the Sabbath day.”
4 Moses spoke to the entire congregation of Israel, saying, “This is what God has commanded:
5-9 “Gather from among you an offering for God. Receive on God’s behalf what everyone is willing to give as an offering: gold, silver, bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet material; fine linen; goats’ hair; tanned rams’ skins; dolphin skins; acacia wood; lamp oil; spices for anointing oils and for fragrant incense; onyx stones and other stones for setting in the Ephod and the Breastpiece.
10-19 “Come—all of you who have skills—come and make everything that God has commanded: The Dwelling with its tent and cover, its hooks, frames, crossbars, posts, and bases; the Chest with its poles, the Atonement-Cover and veiling curtain; the Table with its poles and implements and the Bread of the Presence; the Lampstand for giving light with its furnishings and lamps and the oil for lighting; the Altar of Incense with its poles, the anointing oil, the fragrant incense; the screen for the door at the entrance to The Dwelling; the Altar of Whole-Burnt-Offering with its bronze grate and poles and all its implements; the Washbasin with its base; the tapestry hangings for the Courtyard with the posts and bases, the screen for the Courtyard gate; the pegs for The Dwelling, the pegs for the Courtyard with their cords; the official vestments for ministering in the Holy Place, the sacred vestments for Aaron the priest and for his sons serving as priests.”
20-26 So everyone in the community of Israel left the presence of Moses. Then they came back, every one whose heart was roused, whose spirit was freely responsive, bringing offerings to God for building the Tent of Meeting, furnishing it for worship and making the holy vestments. They came, both men and women, all the willing spirits among them, offering brooches, earrings, rings, necklaces—anything made of gold—offering up their gold jewelry to God. And anyone who had blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics; fine linen; goats’ hair; tanned leather; and dolphin skins brought them. Everyone who wanted to offer up silver or bronze as a gift to God brought it. Everyone who had acacia wood that could be used in the work, brought it. All the women skilled at weaving brought their weavings of blue and purple and scarlet fabrics and their fine linens. And all the women who were gifted in spinning, spun the goats’ hair.
27-29 The leaders brought onyx and other precious stones for setting in the Ephod and the Breastpiece. They also brought spices and olive oil for lamp oil, anointing oil, and incense. Every man and woman in Israel whose heart moved them freely to bring something for the work that God through Moses had commanded them to make, brought it, a voluntary offering for God.
Bezalel and Oholiab
30-35 Moses told the Israelites, “See, God has selected Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. He’s filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and know-how for making all sorts of things, to design and work in gold, silver, and bronze; to carve stones and set them; to carve wood, working in every kind of skilled craft. And he’s also made him a teacher, he and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He’s gifted them with the know-how needed for carving, designing, weaving, and embroidering in blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics, and in fine linen. They can make anything and design anything.”
WHAT DO WE LEARN—HOW DO WE RESOND?
Where will the materials come from? For what God gave them when they left Egypt! All they needed to do what God said; He had already provided. There had to be a big “ah-ha” moment for all who realized this when Moses asked for the materials needed. Can you hear the people murmuring…“Oh, I have that in my tent!”
Remember, back in Exodus 12, when God told Moses to tell His People to ask the Egyptians for their wealth? The Egyptians were willing to give anything to hurry the departure of the Israelites! “The people of Israel had done what Moses had said. They had asked the Egyptians for things made of silver and gold and for clothes. And the Lord had given the people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians. So, the Egyptians let them have whatever they asked for. And they took the best things of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:35-36).
Now it the time for those “best things” to be brought out and used to give glory to God as an offering to all He has done for them!
When we realize that God owns all we have been given, we are more likely to “cheerfully” give back a portion of what He has so generously given to us! May God stir our own hearts!
Who will do the work of the crafting, sewing and building? Those who already know how to do this kind of craftmanship design from their past work in Egypt! (God notices everything about all of us!) They were already gifted by God and trained in practice to do what God had designed as a meeting place with a pattern for the garments for the priests in worship to Him! God knew before the people knew what would be needed.
Friends, God also knows what and who we need before we need it.
“Then they came back, every one whose heart was roused, whose spirit was freely responsive, bringing offerings to God.
What has God said that stirs your heart today?
What is God asking of us to fulfill what He has doing in our midst?
Your Word, along with Your Holy Spirit living in us. stirs our hearts as nothing else can. We know it is for your glory and our good as you invite us to your work with what you have already given to us to do that work well. You are amazing. You are all-knowing. You are the Great Designer. You are God and we are not. When we realize the depth of your love for us, we love each other better still. Thank you for who you are and how you care for each one of us. All I have was yours to begin with, help me to release what you have given to me when you ask.
In Jesus Name, For Your glory, Amen