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Exodus 35:1 And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, These are the words which the LORD hath commanded, that ye should do them. 2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death. 3 Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day. 4 And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying, 5 Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD;

This is practically the same material covered in Exodus 25-27. The Sabbath Day is reemphasized; not even a fire was to be kindled. If anyone did work on the Sabbath, he was stoned to death. It would be hard for us to function today without building any kind of fire. There are frozen areas in the world where people would die without heat and people in hospitals would suffer without the proper machines.

The gifts brought to make the tabernacle were to be voluntary. This was not a tithe but something given willingly from the heart because the people loved God. The people did not have money to give to the Lord so they were each to bring whatever they had that could be used in the building and furnishing of the tabernacle. Those who had material were to bring it along with those who had oil for light and spices for anointing oil and sweet incense. Some had stones in their jewelry that could be used for the ephod and breastplate. We can still donate things in this manner today. Our Ladies Auxiliary has an auction in November every year to benefit our Bible College in Nashville, TN. There are so many ways we can give to the Lord! Many of us have special talents we can use in the Lord's service. God called Bezaleel and Aholiab to teach the art of engraving and embroidering. Sometimes our talents are better used by teaching instead of doing!

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CHAPTER 36

Exodus 36:1 Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded. 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.

This chapter is another repeat of the building of the tabernacle. We have already covered most of this information and will not take up much time going over it again. Notice, though, that verse two says that the people's hearts were stirred up to come and do the work. God loves a willing, cheerful giver. If you are doing something in the Lord's service grudgingly you will not be as successful or blessed! This was not a job to these people. They were not watching the clock, waiting for the service to be over so they could go home to dinner. They were not just fulfilling a duty to the Lord. They were serving the Lord with gladness! They were so excited and enthusiastic about giving for the building of the tabernacle Moses had to tell them to stop! Wouldn't it be great if our churches today had that problem?

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CHAPTER 37

Exodus 37:1 And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it: 2 And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about. 3 And he cast for it four rings of gold, to be set by the four corners of it; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it. 4 And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold. 5 And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, to bear the ark. 6 And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat; 8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof. 9 And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.

This is yet another repeated chapter. If you are not doing the bible study, go back to chapter 25-27 for a closer look at the tabernacle furniture. When Christ died on the cross, He did away with the Holy of Holies, the altars of burnt offerings and incense and the mercy seat with the cherubims. He did away with the need for a priest to intercede for us. He did away with all the cleansing rituals and sacrifices. He offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins and now we can go directly to Him with our problems and praise. The tabernacle was made of earthly things, He went to prepare a place for us not made with hands. The tabernacle furniture was overlaid with gold, things in heaven are made of pure gold. The priests were only human men with faults and shortcomings of their own. Christ, our intercessor, is God, He has no faults! A much better system!

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