Equipped - Explore the Bible for October 15, 2017
Explore the Bible
October 15, 2017
Exodus 25:1-9; 31:1-6
In my work with Church In A Day, Nailbenders, Baptist Builders and Carpenters for Christ, I have always been amazed at how God brings together all the volunteer craftsmen needed to build a church building. For every project I have worked on, there has always been enough skilled and non-skilled help necessary to accomplish the task. However, we could have never built a church without the necessary materials. There have been those who were willing to give generously to the project so materials could be purchased. God enabled some to give while He equipped others to build. It takes both to build places of worship.
God wanted the Israelites to build a Tabernacle that would be His dwelling place and a holy place of worship (Ex. 25:8; 29:38-46). He asked the people to willingly contribute their resources (Ex. 25:2). The Lord requested specific contributions because the materials and items for the Tabernacle were unique and very valuable (Ex. 25:3-7). Freed slaves would not normally have such resources, but God had provided them. Prior to the Exodus, God had Israel to literally plunder Egypt by simply asking for things such as silver, gold jewelry and clothing (Ex. 3:21-22). The Lord had entrusted the Israelites with these resources and now asked them to give a portion back so the Tabernacle could be built. The Lord also needed specific craftsmen (Ex. 31:1-7). God said, “I have placed wisdom within every skilled craftsman in order to make all that I have commanded you” (Ex. 31:6, HCSB).
The resources we give God are resources that the Lord has already entrusted to us.
If we do not understand this biblical principle, we will hold back in giving our money, time and talent for the purposes of God. We must not miss this very important application. God’s enablement and equipping include resources and abilities. God uses both to accomplish His purposes. We are to freely give as joyful worshippers (2 Cor. 9:7).