“The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.” —Exodus 35:29
When Moses told the congregation what the LORD commanded concerning the building of the Tabernacle, and told them of all the instructions for the instruments and implements of worship, as well as all the clothing for the priesthood, Jehovah said through the prophet: “Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass…” (Exodus 35:5). People brought unto Almighty God their offerings, when interestingly, many of them had given their gold to Aaron so that they could worship an idol fashioned in the fire. Many of them were fickle at best, yet when it came to giving unto the work of the worship of God, they gave, and gave, and gave so much that the Lord had to say, “That’s enough” (Exodus 36:5-7).
How much more should we, as those set free through the gospel of Jesus Christ, give of our time, substance and resources? They were delivered from the bondage of Egypt; we are delivered from the bondage of sin. They were led by the prophet of God; we are led by the Person of the Holy Spirit. They ate bread in the wilderness; we eat the bread of God’s Word. Their blessings were temporal; ours are eternal. They worshiped in shadows of the truth by the blood of bulls and goats; we worship in truth of the Spirit by the blood of the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” —2 Corinthians 9:7