3. a. “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the Lord.” NLT
b. Exodus 4:23;10:3,7;12:31;25:8—God delivered the Israelites from captivity so they could worship Him.
He asked them to build a tabernacle as His dwelling place among them.
c. I am a tabernacle or temple for the Lord’s presence. He desires fellowship with me. All day. All night. 24/7.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:8 MSG
4. a. Moses relayed the following instructions concerning those who donate items to construct the tabernacle—
- “Whoever is of a willing and generous heart“AMP Exodus 35:5
- “each one whose heart stirred him up and whose spirit made him willing” AMP Exodus 35:21
- “willing–hearted” AMP Exodus 35:22
- “All the women who had ability and were wise hearted” AMP Exodus 35:25
- “freewill offering to the Lord, all men and women whose hearts made them willing and moved them” AMP Exodus 35:29
b. God selected, called, and appointed Bezalel and Oholiab as the lead craftsmen.
- Filled with the Spirit of God
- Expert at creating artistic designs in gold, silver, and bronze
- And engraving
- And embroidering in blue, purple, and scarlet and in fine linen
- And weaving
- And designing any skilled work
- Ability to teach their skills to others
c. Those who assisted Bezalel and Aholiab (Oholiab)—
Every “able and wise-hearted man in whose mind the Lord had put wisdom and ability, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.” Exodus 36:1-2
d. The workers received more than enough. The people were so generous, they gave until the workmen informed Moses and he asked them to stop. Exodus 36:3-7
e. The tabernacle’s construction won’t change how I pray for myself, my family, and others. It reinforces it.
I realize we all have different gifts, functions, and destinies. I knew I had one, but it took a long time to name. Turns out, the Lord was preparing me before He even let me in on it.
- We should seek the Lord about our own gifts and callings.
- We should pray for and encourage our children and grandchildren to develop and use their own gifts and skills.
- We shouldn’t assume God only calls, anoints, and uses those who preach or teach in a spiritual setting.
- We shouldn’t assume God is only interested in the abilities we use for spiritual purposes. He also gives us gifts and skills for other occupations.
- We should ask the Lord to direct us to those whom we can teach and impart our God-given gifts.
- Moses recorded God’s instructions meticulously and then repeated the information to show they followed God’s instructions to the letter.
- Repetition usually indicates the information’s importance.
- When Moses wrote down the information, they primarily had an oral culture. Repetition helped them remember details.
In what way does the first command Moses gave the Israelites apply to God’s purpose for your life?
Does the way the tabernacle was constructed change how you pray for yourself, your family, or others?