35 Moses assembled all the congregation of the people of Israel and said to them, “These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do. Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day.”
Contributions for the Tabernacle
Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded. Take from among you a contribution to the LORD. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the LORD’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze; blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen; goats’ hair, tanned rams’ skins, and goatskins; acacia wood, oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, and onyx stones and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece.
“Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the LORD has commanded: the tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its hooks and its frames, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; the ark with its poles, the mercy seat, and the veil of the screen; the table with its poles and all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; the lampstand also for the light, with its utensils and its lamps, and the oil for the light; and the altar of incense, with its poles, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the door, at the door of the tabernacle; the altar of burnt offering, with its grating of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils, the basin and its stand; the hangings of the court, its pillars and its bases, and the screen for the gate of the court; the pegs of the tabernacle and the pegs of the court, and their cords; the finely worked garments for ministering in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests.”
Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the LORD’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. So they came, both men and women. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicating an offering of gold to the LORD. And every one who possessed blue or purple or scarlet yarns or fine linen or goats’ hair or tanned rams’ skins or goatskins brought them. Everyone who could make a contribution of silver or bronze brought it as the LORD’s contribution. And every one who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work brought it. And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and they all brought what they had spun in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. All the women whose hearts stirred them to use their skill spun the goats’ hair. And the leaders brought onyx stones and stones to be set, for the ephod and for the breastpiece, and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense. All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the LORD had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the LORD.
Construction of the Tabernacle
Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.
Exodus 35 Commentary
by Hank Workman
There are specifics I pray daily. Right before I close out my time with God, I pray directly for myself and go through the Armor of God, placing these on through the Spirit of God to stand firm in the day that lies ahead. I also specifically pray for The Warehouse and the ministries that God has for us. Now, throughout my prayers, I have prayed for specifics of the church but it’s at the end the prayers are the same.
Asking the following I pray for God to send workers to help us tend the fields He has graciously given us as a Body. I pray for God to send generous givers who will help sustain these ministries. And I pray for the lost and those searching where The Warehouse is a fit for them. I ask for the Lord to lead these among us who can find wholeness, purpose, and placement no matter how broken or misplaced they may feel. There is room at the Table of our Lord for all no matter what the baggage.
In all of these daily requests, it is only by the Spirit of God that can answer these. It is only by His stirring that these prayers are answered.
As Sabbath regulations are set and the materials needed for the tabernacle construction it tells us in several different instances, “Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him…”, “Then all whose hearts moved…” “All the men and women whose hearts moved them to bring material for all the work…” It even mentions Bezalel being filled with the Spirit of God to accomplish the task he was assigned and also God’s Spirit leading him to teach others.
What is evident is those whose hearts were stirred gave without coercion toward the needs. They gave what they could financially and also with their own talents and gifts. The same is true with our gifting’s which God has so graciously given to each of us. God equipped the workers with a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit to do the work. Under the divine inspiration of Him, it was practical but important work at hand.
There is work to be done within the local Body of Christ. If we are waiting until we have enough money before we have a willing heart to give, we will wait forever and probably not give at all. If God has equipped us with gifts and we’re waiting on some aspect to happen, it may never take place and we will never serve.
The fields are ripe to harvest. We need all people to serve one another through not only giving of resources but also giving of ourselves to help the ministry God has ordained to function.
Exodus 35 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Think upon the skills that were required of a master craftsman. Obviously, the person would be gifted in craftsmanship, but according to Scripture, that trait is not enough. Craftsmanship alone has a tendency to produce works that glorify self. There was something else noted here in Exodus 35.
“And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship; 32 to make designs for working in gold and in silver and in bronze, 33 and in the cutting of stones for settings and in the carving of wood, so as to perform in every inventive work.Exodus 35:31-33 NASB
There was wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. These words are important. To only have a skill without these traits was ordinary. However, to be filled with the Spirit with wisdom, understanding and knowledge fueled the particular skill or trade to the glory of God. We know these are important traits because they are assigned to many other leaders in Scripture.
Solomon was described as having wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in 1 Kings 4. Huram was described the similarly 1 Kings 7. Daniel and his associates were given wisdom, understanding, and knowledge to live and thrive during their exile. The Book of Proverbs speaks all about these traits, and Paul sums them up in the New Testament in his prayer to Ephesus.
…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.Ephesians 1:17 NASB
So, we must ask ourselves, do we seek these aspects of Christ daily? Do we strive more for Godly wisdom, knowledge, and understanding or are we instead motivated to climb the ladder of success in a particular line of work? Glory to God or glory to self?
Well, whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for God’s glory.1 Corinthians 10:31 GNB