Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 35:1 (NIV)
Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do:…
Exodus 35:1 (MSG)
Moses spoke to the entire congregation of Israel, saying, “These are the things that God has commanded you to do:…
“Moses gathered all the congregation of the sons of Israel together, and said to them, “These are the things which the Lord has commanded you to do:…” -AMPLIFIED
Yesterday we look at how when Moses had come down from the mountaintop with God that he had to cover his face because of the Shekinah Glory shining so strongly from it that the people were overwhelmed. We find now Moses gathering the people together and sharing with them all that God had told him while they were together on the mountaintop.
Exodus 35 is filled with Moses sharing God’s directives and expectations with the people.
The first order of business was God’s directives concerning the Sabbath day. “Work six days, but the seventh day will be a holy rest day, God’s holy rest day. Anyone who works on this day must be put to death. Don’t light any fires in your homes on the Sabbath day.”
Then Moses moves on; sharing with the people the gathering of offerings of various types of materials that would be used to build the Tabernacle. These would be used in the dwelling place of the Almighty among His people. Once the invitation to give material goods was made, the invitation of giving of one’s God-given talents and skills was introduced. Using the talents, gifts and skills that God had given the people in order to do something for God was one way for the people to bond with the Almighty and make them feel like they belonged to Him and were part of His plan.
We find that everyone was included in this invitation of using their gifts and talents for God. There was no discrimination between male and female. “Then they came back, every one whose heart was roused, whose spirit was freely responsive, bringing offerings to God for building the Tent of Meeting, furnishing it for worship and making the holy vestments. They came, both men and women, all the willing spirits among them, offering brooches, earrings, rings, necklaces—anything made of gold—offering up their gold jewelry to God. And anyone who had blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics; fine linen; goats’ hair; tanned leather; and dolphin skins brought them. Everyone who wanted to offer up silver or bronze as a gift to God brought it. Everyone who had acacia wood that could be used in the work, brought it. All the women skilled at weaving brought their weavings of blue and purple and scarlet fabrics and their fine linens. And all the women who were gifted in spinning, spun the goats’ hair.” -Exodus 35:21-26 (MSG)
In fact, we find that all those whose heart was moved to give did so. (All of this reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver.) “Every man and woman in Israel, whose heart moved them freely to bring something for the work that God through Moses had commanded them to make, brought it, a voluntary offering for God.” -Exodus 35:29 (MSG)
All of this is a reminder to us all that God is no respecter of persons. He shows no partiality. God shows no favoritism. What He is looking for is those who are willing to use their God-given talents for His glory.
Lord, here I am, an offering to you. Every gift and talent that you have given to me I desire to use to bring glory to you and your Name. Help me to be that cheerful giver. Help me not to let an opportunity pass by that I could have been doing my very best for you, dear Lord. Whatever I do, whether in word or deed, may I do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Amen