OFFERINGS TO BE BROUGHT FOR THE SANCTUARY
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.(Exodus 25:1-9).
God wants a Sanctuary built which shall be a tent of meeting them, and all the materials that would be needed would be provided by them, and they must give with a willing heart. Do we remember that these people are in the wilderness and they are supposed to bring from what they have willingly. The Lord knows they have all these in their possession to bless God with. What do you have in your possession that you want to offer to God? Nothing should be too big for us to offer to God because all we have, are from Him. The most important thing to offer to God that God would appreciate is ourselves. Romans 12:1-2 says “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This was the ultimate price paid by our Lord Jesus when He gave His life for our redemption. We in turn should deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him. That is our flesh must be crucified so that the fleshly desires can die. The life after the death of our fleshly desires is a new life that is tailored after Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” This new life is holy, righteous, and acceptable to God. What this entails is turning everything about our daily lives to Him. This involves, our marriage, our children, our jobs, our going out, our coming in, taking any decision, our career, and whatsoever that is in our daily activity should be turned over to Him for approval before embarking upon any of them. This is what God wants from us (total dependence on Him). As we will start to read through the remaining instruction, the details of what the children of Israel were to do to make Him dwell among them will become understandable,
The Lord will give us the Grace to prepare ourselves a living sacrifice for Him in Jesus name, Amen.