Today's passage: Exodus 35:1-29
- Moses communicates the Lord's Sabbath regulation and the call to contribute toward the Tabernacle to the people.
- It may be helpful to remember, much of what we have been reading in the previous chapters was the Lord's instruction to Moses. Now, Moses is forwarding the information to the people.
- The willingness of the people to give is reiterated in this passage. These gifts were not required as a percentage or anything like that. The people were presented the need and they gave as they desired.
- Even though the gifts and the work were done voluntarily, it was still to be done with excellence (Skillfully – Verse 25).
Questions to consider:
- It is often thought when you ask for volunteers, you get whatever quality you get. Is this the way we should view our service to the Lord? Why is it right for all of us to strive for our very best when we serve Him?
- What was Moses' responsibility as the spokesman in these moments? What was he responsible to convey? What would he not have been responsible (or able on his own) to accomplish? Who truly accomplished this great showing of interest and desire to provide all these results?
- In what way could our service today be regarded as a “freewill offering” to the Lord? In what ways do you serve? What motivations keep your service joyful? What thoughts can sometimes make serving a struggle? How can we nurture a healthy heart for service?