Exodus 36:2-7 Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done.” Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.
If anyone doubts God's ability to know the hearts of His people, this passage clearly shows evidence that what God directed through Moses actually came to pass. God asked the Israelites to give specifically and they did, without ceasing, so much that Moses had to forbid them from giving anymore.
Is the purpose of today's passage not clear and why then do we need Jesus if God the Father was all sufficient Himself?
Bezalel, Oholiab and every willing skilled person among the Israelites came to work. That clearly is evidence of a change of heart because these same people were found guilty of worshipping a golden calf not too long ago.
The first thing they did was to receive all the offerings along with the instructions to construct God's sanctuary. This is vital to ministry when we are called by God that we first receive from God and only then do we set out to follow God's directions.
Sometimes in our enthusiasm, we jump into the task before we know what God wants us to do. Clearly here these men operated in loving obedience to God and that is the right first step.
The Israelites gave to such an extent that the artisans were more occupied receiving than building and soon they realized they had too much. Giving reflects our heart response to a need and clearly the Israelites gave without holding back because they knew that this was a small gift to God who was their everything and deserved everything they had.
The restraint Moses placed on them was evidence that Moses and the elders were not seeking to grow wealth for God but were purpose driven. Is this not vital for us to understand when today the work of God through christian ministries seems to be about prosperity and wealth rather than God's purpose and glory?
God does not need more to bless more because He created it all. God desires us to love Him totally and therefore blesses us when we love Him more than we love our prized possessions.
If all of this was done in Moses' time, why then did God have to send His only son Jesus Christ to die for us? Was the law God gave man not sufficient?
As we continue through the old testament, we will see that it was impossible for man to live by the law and if we had continued on this path, we would have led ourselves to certain destruction.
Keeping the law was easy in public but impossible in private because people can appear holy but that holiness is easily faked whereas in God's presence, He sees our hearts, not just our actions.
The only way for us to make peace with God was for God to make a way for us back to Him that would not require anything of us but only total submission.
Jesus is Immanuel or "God with us" as was revealed to Joseph, Mary's husband, when the angel said to him, '“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).' (Matthew 1:23, NIV, ©2011).
We need to be reconciled with God as Paul explains in his letter to the Corinthians, 'All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.' (2 Corinthians 5:18-19, NIV, ©2011)
This was the design of the tabernacle of witness, a visible testimony of the God's love to mankind; however we fell from this first state. This love was shown by Christ's taking up his abode on earth; by the Word being made flesh, Joh 1:14, wherein, as the original expresses it, he did tabernacle among us.
When we receive Jesus by submitting our brokenness to Him, we are forgiven and filled by His Holy Spirit which makes a home in us and therefore God resides in us and directs us onward.
In His Loving Service,
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, NIV, ©2011)
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