Exodus 36:2 And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:
3 And they received of Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it withal. And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning.
4 And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;
5 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.
6 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.
7 For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.
What a scene! The need was great. The people of God had been challenged to bring gifts so that the tabernacle of God could be built. They began to offer as the Lord had worked in their hearts. Yet, there was seemingly no end to their gifts. Every morning the people brought more offerings unto Moses for the work (Exodus 36:3). The offerings were so much that Bezaleel, Aholiab, and the other wise hearted men came to Moses and requested that the people stop bringing offerings. God so moved on the hearts of the people that they had brought “too much” (Exodus 36:7). Fast-forward to the present day. The work of the ministry requires sufficient money to fund its processes. Could you imagine the astonished look if ever the man of God told the congregation that “We have given too much”?
- (For children):2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “God loveth a cheerful giver.” When we think of how much the Lord loves us (2 Corinthians 8:9), we can’t help but love Him back. One way is through giving. 1 Chronicles 29:9 is a good example of how we should give.
- (For everyone):When is the last time you recall God’s people coming together to give toward God’s work in such a way that too much was given? Why do you think that you have never remembered such a time as this?
- Why do you think the people gave so willingly in Moses’ day? What kind of message did they send to God through their willingness to give? How could this abundant offering build faith in God’s people?
- Ask the Lord to give you such a desire to give bountifully.
- Ask God to help His people come together to give toward His work.
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 3, WEEK 19)
When a man, from a sincere heart, is liberal in his care for the Lord and the His people, the Lord will return his liberality to him.
God exhibits the perfect standard of righteousness through His character and work. Any person who desires to know the right way to do something need not look any further than the Lord for his example.