Good afternoon y’all. Today I’m doing a summary of Exodus 35 and 36
Be blessed 🙂
There were 2 main points that stood out for me: Our attitude towards giving to God; and using the talents and skills God has given us.
Giving to God
“The Israelites give willingly of their own accord. Moses told them what was needed to build the Tabernacle and priestly clothes and they gave what they could willingly”. (Exodus 35:22 CEVUS06)
“And he gave them the money that the people of Israel had donated for building the place of worship. In fact, so much money was being given each morning, that finally everyone stopped working and said, “Moses, there is already more money than we need for what the Lord has assigned us to do.” So Moses sent word for the people to stop giving, and they did. But there was already more than enough to do what needed to be done”.(Exodus 36: 3-7 CEV)
Our giving must be done out of free will and not grudgingly. Giving to God is a good investment and one that must be done with the right attitude. The Israelites gave more than was even needed for building the tabernacle
Luke 6:38 says: “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ”(NLT)
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says: “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully”.(NLT)
Using our Skills and Talents
“If you have any skills, you should use them to help make what I have commanded:…” (Exodus 35:10 CEVUS06)
Whatever skills we have should be used to further God’s kingdom. It is God who has given us those skills in the first place.
God chose Bezalel and Oholiab. He filled them with His spirit and wisdom so that they could construct the tabernacle and also teach others.
Then Moses told the people of Israel, “The lord has specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. The lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.(Exodus 35:30-31 NLT)
The Lord has given to Bezalel, Oholiab, and others the skills needed for building a place of worship, and they will follow the Lord’s instructions. Then Moses brought together these workers who were eager to work. (Exodus 36:1-2 CEV)
Matthew Henry’s Commentary sheds more light on Exodus 35: 30-35
“Here is the divine appointment of the master-workmen, that there might be no strife for the office, and that all who were employed in the work might take direction from, and give account to, these general inspectors; for God is the God of order and not of confusion. Observe, 1. Those whom God called by name to this service he filled with the Spirit of God, to qualify them for it, Exod. 35:30, 31. Skill in secular employments is God’s gift, and comes from above, Jas. 1:17. From him the faculty is, and the improvement of it. To his honour therefore all knowledge must be devoted, and we must study how to serve him with it. The work was extraordinary which Bezaleel was designed for, and therefore he was qualified in an extraordinary manner for it; thus when the apostles were appointed to be master-builders in setting up the gospel tabernacle they were filled with the Spirit of God in wisdom and understanding. 2. The were appointed, not only to devise, but to work (Exod. 35:32), to work all manner of work, Exod. 35:35. Those of eminent gifts, that are capable of directing others, must not thing that these will excuse them in idleness. Many are ingenious enough in cutting out work for other people, and can tell what this man and that man should do, but the burdens they bind on others they themselves will not touch with one of their fingers. These will fall under the character of slothful servants. 3. They were not only to devise and work themselves, but they were to teach others, Exod. 35:34. Not only had Bezaleel power to command, but he was to take pains to instruct. Those that rule should teach; and those to whom God had given knowledge should be willing to communicate it for the benefit of others, not coveting to monopolize it”. (Online source: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+35 copied on 23/02/2015)
We have all been gifted one way or the other by God. Its time to step out in faith and start using our gifts. Let’s stop comparing our gifts to others rather, let’s focus on what God has given us and how we can use it for the benefit of others and to further Gods kingdom.
Dear Lord we thank you for today. Thank you for all the wonderful gifts and skills you have placed in us. We ask for the grace and boldness to step out and use those gifts for you. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen
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***With God all things are possible***