Contributions for the Sanctuary
25 The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me. And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze, blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats’ hair, tanned rams’ skins, goatskins, acacia wood, oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, onyx stones, and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece. And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.
The Ark of the Covenant
“They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make on it a molding of gold around it. You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark by them. The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.
“You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.
The Table for Bread
“You shall make a table of acacia wood. Two cubits shall be its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. You shall overlay it with pure gold and make a molding of gold around it. And you shall make a rim around it a handbreadth wide, and a molding of gold around the rim. And you shall make for it four rings of gold, and fasten the rings to the four corners at its four legs. Close to the frame the rings shall lie, as holders for the poles to carry the table. You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, and the table shall be carried with these. And you shall make its plates and dishes for incense, and its flagons and bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold. And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before me regularly.
The Golden Lampstand
“You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand shall be made of hammered work: its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it. And there shall be six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side of it; three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on one branch, and three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on the other branch—so for the six branches going out of the lampstand. And on the lampstand itself there shall be four cups made like almond blossoms, with their calyxes and flowers, and a calyx of one piece with it under each pair of the six branches going out from the lampstand. Their calyxes and their branches shall be of one piece with it, the whole of it a single piece of hammered work of pure gold. You shall make seven lamps for it. And the lamps shall be set up so as to give light on the space in front of it. Its tongs and their trays shall be of pure gold. It shall be made, with all these utensils, out of a talent of pure gold. And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
Exodus 25 Commentary
by Hank Workman
For the next 6 chapters God will instruct Moses and the people with detailed directives on the building of a tabernacle. Following these will be a record of how they were able to carry out and complete what He asked.
God not only had requirements He also expected the people to invest and give toward this.
I have a friend who used to say all the time, “If God can get hold of a man’s wallet, He has his heart as well.” This catchy statement is true. Most people are willing to give of their time and energy but when it comes to the cash factor, that is where the buck stops – literally.
What’s interesting in these instructive words God was about to layout to Moses, He told him to tell the children of Israel they needed to bring Him an offering without even knowing what it was for. God wanted the people of Israel to be motivated by a heart willing to serve with their finances. It wasn’t about the need, it was about the exposure of their heart.
The reality is our giving should not be compelled by need but because we know it’s right, it’s what God expects and our willingness to serve God along these lines is what drives us. God is God and can provide anything He personally wants – He is the Creator after all. But God more often than not uses willing hearts of people to support the work He ordered.
Here’s the deal: God is a giver and wants us to model ourselves just like Him. His expectation is we give all things to Him, not holding anything back. Just think of the wonderful statement found in John 3:16 proclaiming God gave His only begotten Son. He is the ultimate giver of all wants our hearts to be on that same page. And no, this is not just about money – it is everything else. But usually people hold the most tightly to their money, refusing to give any form of it toward ministry so this does become an issue. Our giving is not a reflection of our bank account it is a direct reflection of our heart.
What is so interesting from this entire interchange between God and Moses is the 2nd verse. “You shall take MY money…” The offering wasn’t Moses’, it didn’t belong to the elders of Israel or the nation itself. It was God’s. Moses simply held onto it, he managed it until the need was present.
It’s a sticky topic for many this money business is. But it’s a topic we must all be reminded of again and again. What we have is not our own. Holding back from what God asks of us to support ministry is a reflection of our heart. If God’s got your wallet, He’s got your heart.
What say you?
Exodus 25 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
The ark, and later the tabernacle, would be constructed from the wood of the acacia tree. It was a hard grained wood that was a natural insect repellent and dark orange in color. Because of the deposits in the dense structure of the tree, it was nearly impenetrable by the elements. It was the perfect type of wood for a durable construction project.
Practically speaking, this tree would have been one of the only types of trees that the Israelites would have encountered in this wilderness region they were traveling. It’s amazing to think that God would have known the precise location and exact seedlings that would one day grow to become the ark and tabernacle for Israel.
God’s specific instructions would form a beautiful design with unbelievable details. Sometimes we believe that God is a plain God, but that is hardly the case. There is beauty in everything He creates, from Creation, to His angels and to us as human beings. Beauty, craftsmanship, and artistry are characteristics we see through God from the beginning.
The issue with all three of these things is when, like Satan, the beauty becomes idolatrous. When we worship the gift instead of the Giver, we fail to see beauty as God intended. The beauty God designed should not drawn attention to itself, but should point to Him.