Day 33

Offerings to Build the Tabernacle

Exodus 35:1-35, John 10:17-18, Romans 12:1

Once I received a phone call from a gentleman who had become a mentor of sorts to me. The call was a very short yet poignant spiritual challenge. He asked, “When was the last time you gave to something or served someone out of the overflow of your joy in Christ?” He continued, “It can be a rather fun exercise of sacrificial generosity. Matt, give in response to God’s grace, and let the joy ensue!”

I found it hard to stop smiling that day as I considered the possibilities of his challenge. His words “out of the overflow of joy in Christ” moved me to reflect on the riches of the gospel in my own heart.

It is easy to imagine the joy and excitement that moved through the Israelite camp as Moses assembled the people and called them to prepare to build the temple, a meeting place with God. The description of Israel’s response is energizing: “Everyone whose heart was moved and whose spirit prompted him came and brought an offering to the Lord” (Exodus 35:21). In fact, their willingness to give is mentioned over and over in Exodus 35, and their motivation is contagious, even today.

It makes me wonder if, in some sense, we are more blessed than the Old Testament saints. As believers, has God not provided for us beyond anything we can ask or imagine in Jesus Christ? (See Ephesians 3:20.)

Israel’s motivation for giving generously toward the building of the temple was rooted in their knowledge and experience of the Lord. They remembered His faithful presence among them as they journeyed out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.

At this point in redemptive history, we do not have to build a temple for God to dwell among us. Jesus Christ came to do just that; He is Immanuel, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Even more, Jesus came and laid down His life so that you and I could inherit all the eternal riches included in His eternal kingdom.

If you want to be motivated to give generously, consider the eternal treasure of all that is ours in Christ. As Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). We have received all we truly need in Christ, therefore, let us give generously in response to the overflow of God’s grace.

May God’s Spirit stir our hearts to give sacrificially. May our giving and serving flow out of our joy in Christ. Let the joy of generosity ensue!

Written by Matt Capps

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2 thoughts on "Offerings to Build the Tabernacle"

  1. RN says:

    Generosity flows in Exodus from a recognition of God’s goodness and grace. We should always, always seek to be as generous as we can be , and the Lord will respond and bless us. Not necessarily material blessings, this is not a gospel of prosperity. It’s an assurance of God’s presence.

  2. Epp.ic says:

    It always amazes me when I watch the Lord bring people together for a specific purpose in scripture. It seems to happen so naturally, so normally, without effort. Even here in Exodus 35, the people were moved in their hearts and spirits, and they joined in with what the Lord was doing.

    I think our challenge today as the church, and as followers of Christ is getting behind the vision of those that God has placed in leadership over us! We’ve become such a cynical people that we’re more critical of the vision of creativity that God may have given someone else than we are willing to allow our hearts and spirits to be stirred! Imagine a world where the hearts of a church were stirred by God’s vision and it was witnessed again how marvellous the unity of God is! The Israelites were beautiful examples in the surrounding area of what can happen when rallied together. And I guarantee that the nations around them paused to take notice of the miraculously creative tabernacle that was created through a God-vision!

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