“So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: ‘Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough!’ So the people stopped bringing their sacred offerings. Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole project!”—Exodus 36.6-7
God had given Moses instructions to build a physical structure—a tabernacle—a place where He could live and dwell amongst His people. In His very long and detailed blueprints, God’s instructions to Moses called for many highly skilled artisans and laborers, as well as a long list of the highest quality materials necessary to complete the project.
So Moses set out to follow the instructions line-by-line and step-by-step. He knew that in order to take on such an enormous and sacred task, he would need to reach out to the entire House of Israel for donations—both physical and financial.
“Then Moses said to the whole community of Israel, ‘This is what the Lord has commanded: Take a sacred offering for the Lord. Let those with generous hearts present the following gifts to the Lord: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread; fine linen and goat hair for cloth; tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the lamps; spices for the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; onyx stones, and other gemstones to be set in the ephod and the priest’s chest-piece. Come, all of you who are gifted craftsmen…’”—Exodus 35.4-10
“So the whole community of Israel left Moses and returned to their tents. All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord. They brought all the materials needed for the Tabernacle, or the performance of its rituals, and for the sacred garments. Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing. They brought to the Lord their offerings of gold—brooches, earrings, rings from their fingers, and necklaces. They presented gold objects of every kind as a special offering to the Lord. All those who owned the following items willingly brought them: blue, purple, and scarlet thread; fine linen and goat hair for cloth; and tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather. And all who had silver and bronze objects gave them as a sacred offering to the Lord. And those who had acacia wood brought it for use in the project. All the women who were skilled in sewing and spinning prepared blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen cloth. All the women who were willing used their skills to spin the goat hair into yarn. The leaders brought onyx stones and the special gemstones to be set in the ephod and the priest’s chest-piece. They also brought spices and olive oil for the light, the anointing oil, and the fragrant incense. So the people of Israel—every man and woman who was eager to help in the work the Lord had given them through Moses—brought their gifts and gave them freely to the Lord.”—Exodus 35.20-29
That must have been an exciting day for God… to actually see His people so in love with the very idea of building a “House for the Lord” that they did not want to stop giving!
What an awesome problem to have!
Over the past year Curt Landry Ministries has been eagerly working to build a new tabernacle for House of David. Thanks to your generous support, this gathering place is almost complete!
I am believing that by 2015 we too can proclaim “We have Enough!”