WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 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 majesty of what was created, each day they brought offerings to the sanctuary. The artisans finally had to tell Moses that they had more than enough. So Moses told the people not to bring more offerings because they had too much. Verse 37 is very striking in what it means, “…for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.” ‘Too much’ becomes a pattern and it is a pattern that is very important as we look at the building of David’s tabernacle and as we look at what God 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. And as we discover what they are, we can begin to believe to participate in those in our generation. And this is exactly what the Lord is trying to bring us into so we may see Who He is, how He functions and how He operates so we can build our expectancy. Have we ever experienced a season where there was too much? When it came time to build the tabernacle of Moses, the Israelites did!