Above And Beyond

Many people are familiar with the Book of Exodus. But something lost among the stories of Moses and or the plagues is the Israelites’ devotion for helping build and decorate the tabernacle.  For anyone needing a refresher, the Israelites left Egypt with a lot of gold and other items. These are among the items the Israelites handed over to Moses for the tabernacle. But here’s the thing. They gave so much stuff that they were told to stop:

“And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made; And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make. And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.” (Exodus 4:7)

It’s worth noting here that God did give men wisdom to make and build the temple. The names Bezaleel and Aholiab come to mind:

“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,  To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee.” (Exodus 31:1-3)

While it is possible that God may also have made His people give items for His tabernacle, I do not think that is the case. He wants us to come to Him of our own free will. He wants us to meet Him halfway. So think about this for a moment. Are you giving something up for God? Are you giving enough? If someone called your pastor and asked about you, how would your pastor respond?

Give up something today for the Lord. Give a lot. It’s the least you can do for what He did for us.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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