ūüďÖ Giving more than enough ‚Äď Daily Bible Reading

April 2, 2022

Today’s reading: Exodus 36:2-7

Giving more than enough

In Exodus 36:2-7, we read how the Israelites were giving more than what is asked to the point that they were restrained from doing so.

2 Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work. 

3 And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. 

4 Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing, 5 and they spoke to Moses, saying, ‚ÄúThe people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the LORD commanded us to do.‚ÄĚ

6 So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, ‚ÄúLet neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.‚Ä̬†

And the people were restrained from bringing, 7 for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done‚ÄĒindeed too much.

There are a few lessons we can learn from here.

First, giving willingly and cheerfully means that we give out of abundance and not from our scarcity. When we are truly devoted to doing the work of God, we stop calculating and start giving. No amount is too great and nothing is too precious if it is done for God’s work.

Second, we see how planned the construction was. It was planned to the smallest detail that Moses and his planners knew exactly how much was enough. They understood how much they needed, what was needed, and when they had enough. We see here the level of God’s ability to plan, organize, and manage.

Third, we see the integrity of Moses here. This is a rare trait that we don’t find in government today. Sadly, this can also be true in religious organizations. Moses knew that the purpose of the offering is not to amass wealth but to have enough resources to do the work.

Fourth, when God asks us to give, we must not delay it. For those who delayed giving their offering, they missed their chance to be part of God’s work. Once Moses commanded for the offering to be stopped, the offerings given were not needed anymore.

ūüĒ• To learn more, I highly recommend you read, ‚ÄúHow to Give an Offering to God.‚ÄĚ

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