Exodus 25:1-7.. 1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution.
The Lord spoke to Moses again. We are not sure just how the Lord spoke to Moses, but on numerous occasions He spoke to Him. In Exodus 24:1-18 the Lord confirmed His covenant with His people. Chapter’s 25–31 focus on the instructions related to the construction of the tabernacle. The entirety of the exodus is an act of God by which He delivers, sustains, and instructs His people for new life outside of Egypt.
The Israelites are to raise a contribution for Me. The contribution was not for the tabernacle but for the Lord. The same is true today we are to make all our contributions not to the church but to God. The next phrase “from every man whose heart moves him” indicates the contributions are to be voluntary from the heart. This instruction was before the giving of the law concerning giving and sacrifices. I believe God is testing the love of the Israelites for Him.
The contributions were to include: “gold, silver and bronze, blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair, rams’ skins dyed red, porpoise skins, acacia wood, oil, spices, onyx stones and setting stones.” Vv.3-7
Where were the former slaves to get this incredible array of material out in the wilderness? God always provides His people with resources we need and He did back then. The Egyptians were in such a hurry to get rid of the Israelites after the 10 plagues that they gave them the wealth of Egypt to take with them and provide the means for this contribution and much more for themselves.
Exodus 38:24-25.. 24 All the gold of the presentation offering that was used for the project in all the work on the sanctuary was 2,193 pounds….25 The silver…was 7,544 pounds… (HCSB)
At 10/11/2017 prices the value of the gold and silver alone in the tabernacle would be:
Gold- 2,193 x 16 x $1289/oz = $45,228,432
Silver- 7,544 x 16 x $17.10/oz = $2,064,038
Total = $47,292,470
Through their giving, the people of God demonstrate the infinite value of God over the finite value of material wealth.
Henry Luke 10/18/2017
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