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Exodus 35 and 36

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.

Prayer:
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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Have a blessed day 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

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Exodus 34 – A ‘Do Over’

Good evening y’all.  Today we are looking at Exodus 34.

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God is such a loving God. Though the children of Israel had sinned against him by bowing to the golden calf, He was willing to forgive and give them a ‘Do Over’. He gave them a new promise.

God promised to do so much wonder and mighty miracles for the Israelites, that through the miracles, other nations will tremble and fear Him and know that He is the God who has done all this marvelous things. But notice there was a condition to the promise – They had to obey God’s commands fully and be totally devoted to Him.

“The Lord said: I promise to perform miracles for you that have never been seen anywhere on earth. Neighboring nations will stand in fear and know that I was the one who did these marvelous things. I will force out the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, but you must do what I command you today. Don’t make treaties with any of those people. If you do, it will be like falling into a trap.  Instead, you must destroy their altars and tear down the sacred poles they use in the worship of the goddess Asherah. I demand your complete loyalty—you must not worship any other god! Don’t make treaties with the people there, or you will soon find yourselves worshiping their gods and taking part in their sacrificial meals. Your men will even marry their women and be influenced to worship their gods.    Don’t make metal images of gods”. (Exodus 34:10-17 CEVUS06)

Don’t make treaties with the people, if not you will fall into their trap… This got me thinking: Am i in any way making treaties with the world around me? Am i compromising here and there because everyone is doing? Have I started following the world’s way of doing things without even realising it?

God clearly told them if they made treaty with the people of the land, they will find themselves worshipping their gods. They will be polluted and no longer loyal to God.

This reminds me of King Solomon. He started great but he got carried away and ended up marrying so many pagan wives that they turned his heart away from God.

“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the lord . In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the lord his God, as his father, David, had been”.(1 Kings 11:1-4 NLT)

Paul in his letter to the Romans also stressed the fact that we shouldn’t be influenced by the world around us rather we should fix our attention on God.

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you”.(Romans 12:2 MSG)

We cannot have one foot in Gods Kingdom and another foot out in the world. We have to choose which camp we belong to. God said to the israelites – “I demand your complete loyalty—you must not worship any other god!”. God is a jealous God.

God is saying same to us today. He demands our complete loyalty. He will not share us with any other god.

Today is a new day and God is offering us a ‘Do Over’. I pray we will accept His offer and make the decision to be totally devoted to Him and serve Him wholeheartedly. Amen.

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Have a blessed night 🙂

***With God all things are possible***