SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Scripture: Exodus 36:1-7
Exodus 36:1-7 says, “‘And Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whom the Lord has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the Lord has commanded.’ Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work. And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing, and they spoke to Moses, saying, ‘The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.’ So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, ‘Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.’ And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.” As God began to pour out His wisdom and the people saw the beauty and the majesty of what was being created, each day they brought offerings to the sanctuary. The artisans finally had to say, ‘Moses we have more than enough’. So Moses said to the people, don’t bring any more offerings because we have too much. Verse 37 is very striking in what it means. For the material they already had was sufficient for all the work to be done. Indeed it was too much! The principle of too much is a pattern and it is a pattern that is going to become very, very important as we look at the building of David’s tabernacle and as we look at what it says about populating the New Jerusalem in the last days. This pattern is going to be consistent. God has principles and patterns in scripture that repeat themselves. Living in Egypt as slaves 400 years meant they were never paid for their labor. When judgment came to bring financial justice, they experienced too much. This principle consistently repeats itself. Periods of governmental financial abuse should give way to supernatural provision! Accounts like this in the Word build our expectancy. Have we ever experienced a season where there is too much? When it came time to build the tabernacle of Moses the Israelites did!