February 03, 2019: SOAP #3349: Exodus 35-36; Acts 10 Scripture: Exodus (NIV) 36:4 So all the skilled craftsmen who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left their work 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done.” 6 Then Moses […]
February 03, 2019: SOAP #3349: Exodus 35-36; Acts 10
Scripture: Exodus (NIV) 36:4 So all the skilled craftsmen who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left their work 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done.” 6 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, 7 because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.
Observation: Moses did not need to beg the people to give. He did not need to remind them of what God had done for them. He did not need to offer them a 'gift' for giving. He did not need to tell them how important this project would be, not only to Israel, but to the whole world.
Moses had received his instructions from the Lord. He was faithfully carrying out the Lord's plans. The workers carrying out the individual tasks had been anointed with their skills by the Holy Spirit. And the Lord had given the people a generous willing heart! What happens to people whose heart God has made willingly generous? They give, and give, and give, and give!
Application: If it was Moses' vision, Moses would have needed to motivate the people to give, but it was God's vision. It is interesting to me that Moses did not expand on God's project to use the extra offering. He could have added a chair or table. He could have made the holy place a little larger. He could have added some gold to the entrance. But it was important that they stuck to God's plan. (Exodus 39:32) Everything in the tabernacle had a purpose and was a picture of the grand plan God has for man.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are the God of Moses and You are my God. I trust You to provide what is needed to do what You have assigned. Check me if I ever start to take advantage of the generosity you have place in the heart of Your people. Amen
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