Years ago when I first began doing bible studies I participated in a Beth Moore study about the Tabernacle. I was so fascinated by what I was learning and the in depth information that was provided as God gave direction for every step of the building process. As I reviewed Exodus 25 verse 2 really stuck out to me. “Tell the Israelites to take an offering for me. You are to take my offering from everyone who is willing to give.” (CSB).
Did you catch that? “willing to give!” Not demanded to give, not ordered, or to give to avoid penalty or punishment – but willing to give. Have you ever wondered where the items for this offering came from? The Israelites had just left Egypt. They were pursued through the land and witnessed the parting of the Red Sea. If you flip back with me to Exodus Chapter 12, God gives instructions for the Passover followed by the Exodus. Let’s look at verses 35 and 36 specifically:
The Israelites acted on Moses’s work and asked the Egyptians for silver and gold items and for clothing. And the lord gave the people such favor with the Egyptians that they gave them what they requested. In this way they plundered the Egyptians.
Going back to Chapter 25 what do verses 3-7 tell us that God asked the people to give willingly? Gold, silver, bronze, yarn, linen etc…sound familiar??? God knew and God prepared a way for the Israelites to make an offering for him. Even as they had just escaped hundreds of years of slavery, He did not leave them without provision. He knew what they needed and He knew they needed a physical reminder that He was with them. He answered their needs in so many ways.
God still does that for us today!. We receive what we will need before we even know we need it! The Israelites were limited in the access to God through the Tabernacle. God provided His only Son for us to take away that limitations – we can dwell with God anywhere at anytime. He provided what we needed before we even needed it! God is so good! All the time!
- What do you know about the Tabernacle?
- Have you welcomed God into your heart to dwell?
- Where do you feel closest to God?
Come back on Thursday for a short video about peace and dwelling with God!