Tag: Exodus 35-40

Receiving an offering!

Scripture reading for January 31st: Exodus 35-40

Exodus 25:1 “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.””

The Lord told Moses to have the Israelites bring Him an offering.  He wanted those who were willing to give as their heart prompted them.  Moses’ job was to receive the offering from the people and use it for God’s intended purpose, the tabernacle.

Some people feel that when they give, they give to the pastor or to the church.  They feel that money is mundane.  At other times they don’t understand why the church needs money and find ways to justify not giving any themselves.  God’s heart is that we become willing givers.  He is the original Giver and sets an example for us that is hard to beat.  Everything we have has come from His hand!  He sends rain for the earth and crops.   His gracious giving is hard to understand, considering how unfaithful and wasteful we can be.

Jesus taught that our giving was a prerequisite for determining God’s measure back to us.  “Give and it shall be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)  When we are stingy with our giving, we set limits on how much God can give back to us.  We open God’s hand when we open our hand and pocketbook.  These people in Exodus willingly gave a huge amount of gold, silver, bronze, oil and cloth.  They also freely gave of their time and talents to make what was needed for God’s house!  They gave so willingly and freely that Moses had to tell them to stop! (Exodus 36:6)

Has God ever asked you to give resources to Him? What is your heart-attitude towards giving in general? Have you ever heard of a pastor asking the people to stop giving?

Exodus 36:6-8 “So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.”

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Connecting through cheerful giving!

Scripture reading for January 31st: Exodus 35-40

The Lord told Moses to have the Israelites bring Him an offering. (Exodus 25:1-2)  He wanted those who were willing to give as their heart prompted them.  His job was to receive the offering from the people and use it for God’s intended purpose to build the Tabernacle.

God’s desire was that His people learn to be willing givers and experience blessing.  He was the original giver and set an example for us.  Everything we have has come from His hand!  He sends rain for the earth and crops.  He gives strength and ability to work.  His gracious giving is hard to understand, considering how unfaithful and wasteful we sometimes are.

Jesus taught that our giving was a prerequisite for determining God’s measure back to us.  “Give and it shall be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)  The people in Exodus willingly gave a huge amount of gold, silver, bronze, oil and cloth.  They also freely gave of their time and talents to make what was needed for God’s house!  They gave so generously that Moses had to tell them to stop! (Exodus 36:6-7)

Giving is the one place in Scripture that God says you can test Him!  Malachi 3:8-12 instructs us test God by bringing the whole tithe into the storehouse (where you are fed).   God will then open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you cannot contain.  May the Lord open the windows of heaven on you as you cheerfully “bring him an offering”!

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound to every good work.” 2nd Corinthians 9:7-8

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Take an offering for the Lord

Scripture reading for February 1st: Exodus 35-40

I love to have fun!  When I am visiting someone in the hospital and find a room full of people, I sometimes say, ” When I see this many people, the first thing I think of is taking an offering!”  I’m sure this helps clear out the room–I’m usually left alone before long!  In our reading in Exodus today, Moses was responding to the Lord’s earlier instructions (Exodus 25:1-2).  The Lord told Moses to have the Israelites bring Him an offering.

Jesus taught that our giving was a prerequisite for determining God’s measure back to us.  “Give and it shall be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)  When we are stingy with our giving, we set limits on how much God can give back to us.  We open God’s hand when we open our hand and pocketbook.  These people in Exodus willingly gave a huge amount of gold, silver, bronze, oil and cloth.  They also freely gave of their time and talents to make what was needed for God’s house!  They gave so willingly and freely that Moses had to tell them to stop! (Exodus 36:6-7)

I would love to stand up on Sunday morning and beg the people to put away their offerings and not give that day!  However, when we understand that God our Father is a great giver and that He is blessed when we give Him an offering, why would I as your pastor want to hinder God’s blessing and measure back to you by telling you to hold back?  Giving is the one place in Scripture that God says you can test Him!  Malachi 3:8-12 instructs us to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, and God will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you cannot contain.  May the Lord open the windows of heaven on you as you “bring him an offering”!

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound to every good work.” 2nd Corinthians 9:7-8

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God in Our Tent!

Scripture reading for February 1st: Exodus 35-40

“And so Moses finished the work.  Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled  upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” (Exodus 40:33b-35)

These last chapters of Exodus contain a detailed account of how Moses and the Israelites carried out the Lord’s instructions for building the tabernacle.   God truly wanted to live in the midst of His people.  In order to accomplish that, the people were asked to willingly bring an offering from what they had.  (Exodus 35:5)  They presented their offerings as a wave offering before the Lord.  (Exodus 35:22)  The people brought so much gold and other valuables, that they had to be asked to stop!  (Exodus 36:6-7) When God is in our midst, we are moved to generosity because of His blessing and presence!

Then God anointed certain people with skill and ability as craftsmen to build the tabernacle exactly as He showed Moses.  (Exodus 35:30-33)  Each person was anointed by God to do practical skilled work.  It wasn’t just the priests or those who were set apart to handle the offerings!  All work is sacred and whatever skill that God has blessed us with should be consecrated to the Lord and used for His purposes.  There is no secular work in God’s economy!

Upon completion of the tabernacle and its furnishing, Moses inspected the work and declared it properly done, “just as the Lord commanded.” (Exodus 39:42)  Those who worked were blessed by Moses!  Not only was Moses pleased, but the Lord commanded that the tabernacle be erected on the first day of the first month and be anointed with the sacred anointing oil.  Aaron and his sons were dressed as prescribed and anointed for their work.  As a sign of God’s approval, the glory cloud descended on the tabernacle and filled the structure.  Moses could not enter because of the glory of God’s presence there!

Today we have something better!  We are the living stones of the new dwelling of God among men.  (1st Peter 2:5)  We are also the new anointed priesthood, set apart to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  When God’s glory dwells in us by the Holy Spirit and there is no room for the old man!  (2nd Corinthians 3:18)

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Take an offering for the Lord!

Scripture reading for January 31st: Exodus 35-40

I love to have fun!  When I am visiting someone in the hospital and find a room full of people, I sometimes say, ” When I see this many people, the first thing I think of is taking an offering!”  I’m sure this helps clear out the room–I’m usually left alone before long!  Just kidding!

In our reading in Exodus today, Moses was responding to the Lord’s earlier instructions (Exodus 25:1-2).  The Lord told Moses to have the Israelites bring Him an offering.  He wanted those who were willing to give as their heart prompted them.  His job was to receive the offering from the people and use it for God’s intended purpose.

Some people feel that when they give, they give to the pastor or to the church.  They feel that money is not too spiritual and that giving is sort of worldly.  Sometimes, they just don’t understand why the church needs money and find ways to justify not giving any themselves.  God’s heart is that we become willing givers.  He is the original giver and sets an example for us that is hard to beat.  Everything we have has come from His hand!  He sends rain for the earth and crops.   His gracious giving is hard to understand, considering how unfaithful we sometimes can be and wasteful, too.

Jesus taught that our giving was a prerequisite for determining God’s measure back to us.  “Give and it shall be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)  When we are stingy with our giving, we set limits on how much God can give back to us.  We open God’s hand when we open our hand and pocketbook.  These people in Exodus willingly gave a huge amount of gold, silver, bronze, oil and cloth.  They also freely gave of their time and talents to make what was needed for God’s house!  They gave so willingly and freely that Moses had to tell them to stop! (Exodus 36:6-7)

Wow!  As a pastor, I would like to experience that kind of generosity!  I would love to stand up on Sunday morning and beg the people to put away their offerings and not give that day!  However, when we understand that God our Father is a great giver and that He is blessed when we give Him an offering, why would I as your pastor want to hinder God’s blessing and measure back to you by telling you to hold back?  Giving is the one place in Scripture that God says you can test Him!  Malachi 3:8-12 instructs us to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse (where you are fed), and God will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you cannot contain.  May the Lord open the windows of heaven on you as you “bring him an offering”!

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound to every good work.” 2nd Corinthains 9:7-8

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