Thursday, 07 November 2019 18:25

Israelites collect gifts, make the Tabernacle and furnishings

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Your offering is a proof of your faith

~God knows your faith, but waits for your proof of giving ~ Giving changes your spiritual and natural realms.

And they spoke to Moses saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do. So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed through out the camp saying, Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. And the people were restrained from bringing.

Exodus 36:5-6 We serve a God of abundance, the above scripture portion tells us that the people brought much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord had commanded them to do and Moses asked the people not to bring anymore for the sanctuary.

The first church on the face of this earth ordained by God and led by Moses was self sufficient, because the people unitedly gave liberally and whole heartedly for the Lords work. The first new covenant church in the new testament was also self sufficient and never lacked in any area (Acts 2:44-47). The secret to the above two churches being self sufficient was unity among believers, so they gave liberally and whole heartedly for the Lords work. The biggest problem in the body of Christ is that of unity and Satan rejoices when believers are not united.

The secret to live an abundant and prosperous life ( not lacking in any area of life) is to give for the Lord's work. The children of Israel never worked for any multinational companies, Private sector, Government sector or had their own businesses, but yet they gave for the Lords work and they never lacked in any area of their life, even though they lived in the desert God fed them supernaturally with manna in the morning, with meat in the evening and they drank water from the rock, they were shielded from heat by a cloud which moved with them, they were given light and heat by a pillar of fire in the evenings, there were no sick and feeble amongst them, even the clothes and the footwear they wore didn't wear out, an angel went with them and guided and guarded them till they reached the promised land. God met their needs supernaturally not for one or two days but for forty years, that's the God we serve a supernatural God, with supernatural power who gives supernatural things to His children.

Moses was a good steward of finances which the people had given for the Lords work, he was a selfless leader who was transparent with the people in the area of finances, Moses will be the first and the last leader who said no to the offerings of the people, because it was more than enough. What a contrast between Aaron and Moses, Aaron asked for gold offerings from the children of Israel to make a golden calf, whereas Moses took offerings to build a sanctuary for the Lord and he said do not bring anymore as it is more than enough. God certified of Moses (not man) that he is faithful in all His house ( heavenly reward for earthly work).

Beloved faithfulness and integrity always pays in the kingdom of God, whether man acknowledges these or not God acknowledges and rewards these good qualities.

Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3.
Not so with My servant Moses, he is faithful in all My house. 
Numbers 12:7.

God loves you
Blessings
Alfred Joseph

Hyderabad, Telangana, India.


Exodus:38:24

"All the gold that was occupied for the work of the Holy place, even the gold of the offering was twenty and nine talents and seven hundred and thirty Shekels, after the Shekel of the Sanctuary"

Here we see another face of the worship, by giving to God. People gave so lavishly that, Moses gave a commandment, not to bring any more offering. Let us assess the quantity of the gold they have offered. It was 29 talents and 730 Shekels.
One talent= 3000 Shekels
One Shekel= 16.6 gms
So the total gold received from people is 1456.31 Kg. Just imagine the present day value of this much gold. This gold offering was in addition to the Silver and Brass they brought to the Sanctuary. From where did they get these gold & silver? God gave them through the Egyptians, before the Exodus. So they returned to God what they had received from Him.

Let us examine our attitude towards worshiping the Lord by giving. Solomon says, "Honour your Lord with your Substances" (Proverb : 3: 9) So many ignore this, thinking, does God need any gold, silver or money form us? Yes, indeed..
He could have created a Tabernacle and a Sanctuary with gold, in one word, as he had created the earth and everything in it, from nothing. But He seeks the co-operation and contribution of His people to fulfill His plans. That's why He asked Moses to tell the people to bring their offerings to the Sanctuary. Now also He seeks the same from His people for the extension of His Kingdom in this world ( Gospel Works). The basic strategy of Evangelization is " to Go or to send ". If we cannot go, we should some one else. For this money is essential. God solicites some thing greater than the one we put in the offertory bag or box, because He gave everything to us, including His beloved Son.

Before finishing the reading of Exodus, let us take a decision that, we will worship Him not only with the words, but also with the Wallet, and not only with our presence but also with our presents.

Dr: Thomas David


The Tabernacle Completed

Everyone had their part to do faithfully for the completion of the Tabernacle.

 THE PEOPLE provided all the resources. They brought all their offerings to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. They brought their offerings morning and evening and what they brought was more than enough to do all the work. So the people were restrained from bringing more.

 BEZALEL AND OHOLIAB were chosen by the Lord. They were filled with the Spirit of God with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.

 God gave them the ability to teach others.The people were filled with skill to do all kinds of work and all of them became master craftsmen and designers. They were given the ability to carry out all the work of constructing the Tabernacle just as the Lord had commanded.

MOSES who was the Lord's servant was authorised to erect the Tabernacle and prepare it for the Lord's entry.
☁ Then the cloud covered the Tent Meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.
☁ In all their travels, whenever the cloud lifted from above the Tabernacle the Israelites would set out.

By day the cloud was over the Tabernacle and fire was in the cloud at night, in the sight of all Israelites during their travels.

GOD IS ABLE : Are you facing any hard work, task or situation you are not able to handle? Fear not! Just look up and trust God. He will give you the skill, ability and knowledge to do the impossible.

Mrs Caroline Chellappa


Together We Can

The Lord God had commanded Moses and the people to build a sanctuary complex called the Tabernacle. This sanctuary will move with them and will enable the presence of the Lord to dwell in the midst of the community . Moses was given the plan ( specifications, materials requirements etc )

The Strategy (Exodus 35-36)
✅ Moses gathered the whole Israelites and calls for freewill offerings for the tabernacle and priestly garments ( Exodus 35: 4-9)

✅ Moses then calls for skilled labourers to make the tabernacle and other items (Exodus 35:10,25 ; 36:2)

THE POSITIVE RESPONSE
All the Israelites , who were willing , brought their offerings for building the tabernacle, for the garments and for the on going services (35:20-29)

COMPLETION AND INSPECTION ( Exodus 39: 32-42)
The Israelites finished everything exactly according to the Lord's plan and direction ( 39:32) .
~ The Tent of Meeting ( v 33-34)
~ The ark of the covenant (v 35)
~ The table with its articles ( v 36)
~ The Lampstand ( v 37)
~ The altar of incense (v 38)
~ The altar of burnt offering and wash basin ( v 38-39)
~ The courtyard curtains ( v 40)
~ The priestly garments v 41)
Moses inspects the work and finds that the work was perfectly done , and he blessed the Israelites for their obedience and hard work ( v 43).

PARTNERSHIP IN GOD'S MISSION
Today's passage reveals that everyone had a role to play in building the tabernacle. Paul while writing to the church at Corinth writes , "For we are God's fellow workers;.. God's field , God's building. ✒ 1st Cor 3: 9.
Beloved, we need each other because We are the body of Jesus Christ ( 1st Cor 12:27) . Our partnership in GOD'S MISSIONS ( through participation and prayers) is the need of the hour .
Yes , together we can..

It was Finished with the Finest Finishing... Exodus 39:42-43. 

It is easy to start something big but to finish it on time without abandoning it halfway is not only difficult at times, causing delays, but can be finished in a sloppy haphazard way. The Tabernacle, however was built to perfection and completed exactly according to God's design.

In Exodus 25-31 the Lord gave Moses specific instructions regarding building the tabernacle and its furnishings. He even told him the names of the skilled craftsmen who He wanted as lead persons in the construction, choosing Bezalel and Oholiab who began the work as instructed.

The workers and builders of the Tabernacle lacked no raw materials because of the generosity of the people, who were told to stop supplying any more items because of the surplus supply, Exodus 36:4-7.

What is so noticeable is the conduct of the workers. The level of group obedience was remarkable and their attitude to work was excellent. Over many months they had to intricately weave, skilfully carve, and meticulously overlay with gold according to God's exact instructions, like a clockwork, Exodus 36-39.

Exodus Chapter 39 is about the people of God doing all that God called them to do together.

The question that comes to my mind is this...

How can the workers of the Tabernacle encourage us to finish well the Christian work God has given us individually, or cooperatively without compromising on our work ethics and cutting corners?

The people of Israel could enjoy the satisfaction of finishing the work God had assigned them.

How do we feel when a task has been completed with excellence?

Naturally, we all enjoy the feeling of satisfaction that comes with the Finishing of a task especially in a job that we have given our very best effort to get it completed in a timely fashion.

God loved His Finished Work at Creation and saw everything was so good that He took a day to rest to enjoy His Finished work. Jesus Finished His Work on the Cross so that those who believe in Him, can Finish well in life.

In Exodus Chapter 39 is the people of God doing all that God called them to do together. Jesus is coming back. We need to spend our lives individually in our families, communities and together in our churches doing all that He calls us to do. Let us not waste time on anything else.

Moses was accountable to God for the building of the Tabernacle and he inspected the Tabernacle. Moses blessed the workers after inspecting the Finished work of the Tabernacle. The Hebrew term rendered blessed means “to empower someone or something for success.”

Can we bless those who are people builders and Kingdom builders and Nation builders Can we bless those who have undertaken difficult tasks in our everyday life and have contributed to communities?

Child of God, Remember that, Finishing well as a believer till the end of life requires a life of committed service! God will inspect our Finished work, let us Finish well on His Finished Work

Look at Exodus 39:42 & 43 again
“According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses so the people of Israel had done all the work. Moses saw all the work and behold, they had done it. As the Lord had commanded, so had they done it. Then Moses blessed them.”

Verses 42 and 43, mirror each other. They say the same thing differently. That the people of God did all that God told them to do, period

And that is all that God requires of us today. That we the people of God in Christ Jesus do all that God has told us to do, period...Amen

[email protected]'s Thirstydeer 


The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done

Exodus 36:5

God asked His people to construct a Tabernacle.Gave specific instructions about its size and the materials to be used.Exodus.26. Moses told the Israelites who were in the wilderness "From what you have, take an offering for the Lord." Exodus.35:5. Freewill offering and no compulsion.

Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the Tent of Meeting. Exodus.35:21. Please read 35:4-29.

Moses entrusted the responsibility to the right people and gave them the needed materials. Exodus.36:2,3.

Construction work started but they faced a big problem. The people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. Exod.36:3b.

The giving of the people disturbed those who were involved in the work. They might have personally urged people not to bring more. Finally, they had to stop the work, as a team went to Moses and gave a complaint. The complaint is "people are bringing more than enough...".Exodus.36:5.At this point, Moses was forced to give an order asking people not to give anything more. Exodus. 36:6. "..what they already had was more than enough to do all the work." Exodus. 36:7.

This voluntary giving of God's people for God's work is challenging.

WHAT IS THE SITUATION TODAY?
People all over the world need to hear and experience God's love. Do we have enough people and the needed resources? Many places, nothing is happening due to lack of people and resources. Those who are involved in the construction/ building of God's work are going through scarcity of resources. In some cases, even their basic needs are not met. Who is responsible for the present situation?

Do you know any place/ person / project who need more resources? What can we do about it?
Are we personally involved in God's work? How is our GIVING?
Can we start giving voluntarily and give regularly so that God's work in some area can progress?

Rev.C.V.Abraham.

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