Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the Lord commanded, saying: ‘Take from among you an offering to the Lord. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the Lord: gold, silver, and bronze… Ex 35:4-5
God says He loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor 9:7
Giving can be easy when you have things you don’t want or more than you need. Giving is easy when what you give is of little value to you.
There is no way gold, silver, and bronze could be of little value to anyone. If it were, the price would be so low so that the poorest would own it.
I’ve been a part of a few food drives and many times I see a collection of things and I don’t know of anyone that would eat it.
That’s not giving your best – it’s giving your unwanted.
Giving must be done on some sort of sacrificial plane. When you give to the work of God you need to give your very best.
Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work. And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. Ex 36:2-3
Not only must you give your very best sacrificial giving but you must give it to someone who knows what to do with it. You don’t want to waste your gift – you want to invest it into changing lives.
Little did these nomadic wanderers know that their gifts to the building of the Tabernacle would be used for the next 500 years, lasting through the 40 years of wandering and eventually making a home in the Promised Land.
Here is would see the time of the judges and kings.
The Tabernacle became the center of sacrifice and worship from humble beginnings by a band of homeless slaves that gave and gave and gave.
Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing, 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.” Ex 26:4-5
Wouldn’t it be great if God’s people always gave too much? What a blessing that your gift could be set aside for later use or sent to another need.
Such was the material for the Tabernacle. So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout 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, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done — indeed too much. Ex 36:6-7
It is time for God’s people to give “indeed too much” to the honorable work of God.