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, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work. – Exodus 36:6-7
Many offered and was willing to contribute to the work of the Lord and it was more than enough. We could see here that many were selfless and many who had something were willing to sacrifice what they had. But then there was excess. We could also see here that no one took advantage of this. There were specific instructions and those instructions should not be made more or less than what was stated. So even though more people wanted to offer, they were restrained and from that, thay knew that there was the right number or amount to offer.
And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. – Exodus 35:34
The Lord is the One who gives unique skills to people for His ministry and for advancing His kingdom. We all have a responsibility as Chrisitians to be the light to the people around us, to those who are in the dark. It may be in many forms, not only in teaching others, because not everybody was given the skill to teach. There are people who are multiskilled, but we have to realize that we cannot accomplish everything by ourselves because we are a team.
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” – Exodus 34:6-7
The proclaims to Moses that He is the Lord who is compassionate and gracious. He is slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. These are all true about God that the Israelites experienced and also what we experience today. Although we have sinned with the same mistakes, He is always ready to forgive when we come to Him and ask for forgiveness. But if we have pride.and do not confess that we have sinned, God is just and will give punishment.
And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” – Exodus 33:17:18
It’s very rare or may never happen again today that a man could talk to God as a friend face to face. We pray and talk to God but to hear Him reply with an audible voice is still unbelievable today. Moses was highly favored that he got to talk with God and even have God do what Moses asked.
The Lord replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.” – Exodus 32:33-34
The Israelites got bored in waiting Moses, and they searched for something to do. They made a god for themselves because they wanted to make their own rules out of selfish pleasures. They went out of control. They sinned against the Lord. Moses wanted to plead for but the Lord is a just God. He will not let the guilty unpunished. But because one prayed for them, it was delayed. It means that a prayer of one affects the outcome of many people.
The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for theo generations to come as a lasting covenant. It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’” – Exodus 31:16-17
Upto today, we all still celebrate the Sabbath somehow by not doing anywork on that day. It’s remembering how God made everything on 6 days and rested on the 7th day. There is a lot of work that needs to be done for many people especially for those who need it to survive, but all needs rest. It’s the design for all of us. It’s a refreshment for all. On thr Sabbath day, we not only don’t work and rest, but we remember that God created us.
The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the Lord to atone for your lives. Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the Lord, making atonement for your lives.” – Exodus 30: 15-16
There’s something that the Lord wanted to teach the Israelites. It’s making atonement for lives. There’s sacrifice in animals, but there is also sacrifice in money. It’s also said here that the rich should not pay more because they are rich, and the poor should not pay less because they are poor. They are to be equal. The rich cannot brag about being rich, and the poor cannot always make being poor as an excuse. There is value in making atonement. Furthermore, there is sacrifice.
“For the generations to come this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance to the tent of meeting, before the Lord. There I will meet you and speak to you; there also I will meet with the Israelites, and the place will be consecrated by my glory. – Exodus 29:42-43
The Lord obviously wants to have a relationship with humans, because He wanted something to be done for Him regularly. He wants to consecrate us for his glory and He wants to speak with us regularly, and inorder for us to do that, we must also be holy before the Lord. It’s through His Son Jesus that we are made holy.
Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honor. Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest. – Exodus 28:2-3
God continued to give the instructions to Moses. This time, it concerns about his brother Aaron and his sons who would be consecrated for the Lord and serve God as priests. To give them distinction or dignity and honor, they are to be dressed with the best clothes made by skilled workers. Being consecrated to serve the Lord as priest is not an easy task because there will be a lot of abstinence from a lot of pleasures of the body. But it’s a privilege to minister to people and be closer to God.
In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the Lord from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come. – Exodus 27:21
The instructions continued as the people followed the Lord in everything He said. Some of the instructions were said once but were to kept for generations to come. It’s also one way of remembering all the Lord has done for the people.
It’s good that when God told us something, we keep it for the next generation after us. It is also to remind and teach them how God has been good to the people who lived before them.