Our God loves a good building project. Through the pages of the Bible, we see Him inviting people to build arks in the wilderness, walls in fifty two days or less, and cities where there was once a mess.
One of my favorite building projects in the Bible is the construction of the tabernacle. As the Children of Israel are making their way through the desert, God lays out the blueprints for a tent to house His presence during their journey.
In Exodus 35, we hear the invitation from God for His people to unite and build together.
Exodus 35:4-5 — Moses said to the whole Israelite community, “This is what the Lord has commanded: From what you have, take an offering for the Lord. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the Lord an offering…”
A few verses later, we learn a building project requires more than an offering of resources, it requires the gifts and talents of God’s people to get the job done.
Exodus 35:10 — “All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded…”
And, once the invitation to build together is given, the miracle begins to occur as the people respond.
Exodus 35:20-29 — Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence, and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord. Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or hides of sea cows brought them. Those presenting an offering of silver or bronze brought it as an offering to the Lord, and everyone who had acacia wood for any part of the work brought it. Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair. The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. They also brought spices and olive oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the Lord freewill offerings for all the work the Lord through Moses had commanded them to do.
It is remarkable to see all the necessary resources coming together for the people of God to do the work of God. But, I am baffled as I consider the reality that this offering is coming from a community of former slaves who have found themselves on a journey through the desert.
Who thinks to bring rams skin dyed red or the hides of sea cows with them through the desert? But, just as the need presented itself, the resource was available!
This would be an amazing story if it stopped here, but God-sized stories rarely stop when you expect.
Exodus 36:2-7 — Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. So all the skilled craftsmen who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left their work and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.”
Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, 7 because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.
“More than enough!” Those three words define the potential for the people of God to take on any building project.
Making their way through the desert, God provided His people with the instructions, resources and skills to build a tent that could house His glory.
If God can do that over there, I know He can do it here in Sweetwater, as well!
Once again, I invite you to prayerfully consider the invitation to unite as a church family in the Growing Together 2010 expansion project. Construction begins with Blitz week on July 5, and we are still gathering the resources and volunteer man power to make this project possible.
When everyone unites to share from what they have, a miracle can take place!
Click here to listen to Pastor Mindy’s Father’s Day message, “Transfigured and Transformed.”
“I’m Watching You!” Click here to review yesterday’s Father’s Day video.
Thanks for the compliments on my Father’s Day tie. You can order a custom photo tie at snapfish.
On the Radar
Membership Dessert for those new to Emmanuel Fellowship. We invite you to join us Monday, June 28, at 7:00 pm for a time of fellowship and discovery as you learn more about how to connect with EFC. Childcare will be provided.
Open House at the von Atzigen’s! We would love to have you as a guest in our home next Wednesday, June 30, from 7:00 pm till whenever. You can find us at 1911 Hoyt Street–it’s the cute white house on the corner with the big back yard full of people!
Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website. We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth. Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table.
We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “Dancing Generation” by Matt Redmand
- “Wonderful Maker” Jeremy Camp version
- “Child of God” by Kathryn Scott
- “Nothing is Impossible” by Dwight Hufthwait
Next Sunday, June 27, we will climb our final mountain in the “Mountains and Valleys” sermon series.