Exodus 35

Exodus 35 has Moses getting everyone in the congregation together so he could give them direction on God’s commands.  He talks about three specific commandments:

  1. Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord”
  2. Take from among you a contribution to the Lord
  3. Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the Lord has commanded

So Moses gives commandments about rest and the Sabbath, giving and serving.  Three key areas we certainly need to have in our lives today as Christ Followers.

He begins with the commandment God gave clearly that work was to be done in six days, and then there was to be a day of rest. But it is more than lying around and being a bum.  The day is to be holy to the Lord.  It is a time to refresh our body, but more importantly our soul.  Was it important?  The commandment came with this penalty for violating it.  “Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death”.  That is pretty serious consequences.  We see similar words in other places in scripture.  God wants us to take care of ourselves spiritually, emotionally and physically.  We were created with a need for rest and worship.  Certainly over the years the Sabbath has become a very different day but we need to seek God’s direction on how we should spend that day in regard to our well-being.

Secondly Moses talks about bringing a contribution to the Lord.  It doesn’t address tithing here as a discipline of giving, but that is the underlying foundation for how we are to give to the Lord.  Moses tells the people to give with a generous heart.  It should never be something we do grudgingly or from a sense of compulsion.  Our gifts to the Lord should be in gratitude for all that He has given us.  After all, everything we have is really His already.  He has entrusted it to us to steward and use for His glory, but we can’t lay claim to any of it.  So returning some of what He already owes to Himself is not too much to ask.

Finally Moses calls on the people to serve.  There is a long list of items to be crafted and tasks to be completed.  God calls us to serve, not only in the church, but outside.  We are called to good works and to bear fruit.  It is the requirement, not even merely the expectation.  People responded to Moses instruction on these three things.  “Everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him…. All who were of a willing heart….All the women whose hearts stirred….All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them”.  God moved in the hearts of His people and they responded.  We need to be sure we are sensitive to the stirring of His Spirit in us so we can respond and take action in the same way.  God is calling – are we listening – and are we responding?

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