Daily Reading: Exodus 35, 36; Matthew 24:32-51
They received from Moses all the contributions which the sons of Israel had brought to perform the work in the construction of the sanctuary. And they still continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. (Exodus 36:3, NASB95)
The construction of the tabernacle, a place for God’s people to worship the Lord, is a major theme of Exodus. We see cooperation, enthusiasm, and abundance in Exodus 36:1-7, and nearly everyone involved in the construction of the tabernacle.
- While Bezalel and Oholiab, probably the supervisors of the work, are the only two that are mentioned by name, every skillful person whose heart stirred him was involved in the work. They were involved because they felt God had called them and equipped them for this task (Ex. 36:2). They worked together with one purpose – to perform the work “in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded” (Ex. 36:1).
- Many of the people were involved in contributing to the construction materials for the tabernacle. The materials that were brought were not only sufficient, but more than enough. The people were bringing contributions every morning (Ex. 36:3), so that they had to be restrained from bringing any more (Ex. 36:6).
The tabernacle and temple in the OT pointed forward to the eternal temple that Jesus would build (Jn. 218-22:; Eph. 2:21-22). This temple is composed of Jesus’ disciples, living stones which encompass people from all nations (1 Pet. 2:5; Matt. 28;19-20). While the task may seem difficult, it is one to which the whole body of Christ is called to the work. The leadership of the church is to equip God’s people for the work of service (Eph. 4:11-12). God works through His people to ensure that there is more than enough resources. As Paul commends the Corinthians in their giving to the needs of others: “For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God” (2 Cor. 9:12). How are you involved in the construction of God’s temple, the church? Do you give enthusiastically for the work, in terms of time, skill, and resources?