Putting Blessings to Work


21 These are the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the covenant law, which were recorded at Moses’ command by the Levites under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron, the priest. 22 (Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything the Lord commanded Moses; 23 with him was Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan—an engraver and designer, and an embroiderer in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen.) 24 The total amount of the gold from the wave offering used for all the work on the sanctuary was 29 talents and 730 shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel.

25 The silver obtained from those of the community who were counted in the census was 100 talents and 1,775 shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel— 26 one beka per person, that is, half a shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, from everyone who had crossed over to those counted, twenty years old or more, a total of 603,550 men.27 The 100 talents of silver were used to cast the bases for the sanctuary and for the curtain—100 bases from the 100 talents, one talent for each base. 28 They used the 1,775 shekels to make the hooks for the posts, to overlay the tops of the posts, and to make their bands.

29 The bronze from the wave offering was 70 talents and 2,400 shekels. 30 They used it to make the bases for the entrance to the tent of meeting, the bronze altar with its bronze grating and all its utensils,31 the bases for the surrounding courtyard and those for its entrance and all the tent pegs for the tabernacle and those for the surrounding courtyard.

Exodus 38:21-31 (New International Version)

The Fruit of the Blessings

The tabernacle and all its furnishings were finished.  I can imagine the great joy that Moses and all those who were involved must have felt when they beheld the house that they had built for the Almighty.  The making of this structure was extraordinary because the craftsmen were able to make it precisely according to the design which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.

The Inventory’s Purpose

In this chapter of Exodus, we are given an inventory of all the materials that were used that made the building  of the tabernacle, its furniture, and its utensils possible.  Why did God inspire Moses to record this list of resources?  One would think that this chapter was a waste of space and can be skipped over.

However, when it comes to the Words of God, there is no such thing as wasted space.  As I read carefully, I was reminded of something that my church does that is similar to this chapter.  Every year, I receive a newsletter from the church that details all the ministries that the church is involved in.  It also explains that these ministries were made possible through the many offerings and gifts that were given to the church by its members.  In a previous chapter, God stirred the heart of the people to donate materials for the construction of His tabernacle.  Perhaps this written inventory was a record to show to future generations how much God can bless His people with abundance, and how the people can use that abundance in the service to Him.

Using His Blessings

When we are blessed with abundance, we must not receive it with a closed fist.  Instead, we ought to take it with an open hand.  These blessings are not meant to be hoarded, but to be shared and given away to others; for in doing so, we honor the One who gave us this abundance.  As we share these blessings, we must not limit our giving, thinking that our blessings are finite.   For if we ask God to bless us, He will give us more to the point of overflowing, for His resources are limitless.  With that in mind, let us give to others sacrificially, and receive more blessings in return.

 

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