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How Do You Contribute?     Exo. 35:4-9, 30-36:1; 40:12-15     May 09-2010


Introduction

       In the churches I have served there have always been many gifted people willing to serve in the many areas of need around the church. Last night we had Evangelist Jim McNiel for a two service evangelism encounter. One lady came forward for salvation. Men and ladies in our church prepared a very fine meal which gave further encouragement to inviting prospects to the event. God used many different gifts to bringing this lady to salvation. When planning for such an event and asking all of us How Do You Contribute many different answers come forth but God used all of us.

 

1.   The . . Command Related To Contributions. 35:4-9

       A.   The Command . . Stirring The Heart For Contributions.. 35:4-5a

       4 Then Moses said to the entire Israelite community, "This is what the Lord has commanded: 5 Take up an

       offering for the Lord among you. Let everyone whose heart is willing bring this as the Lord's offering:. . .”

 

       B.   The Command . . Specifying The Contributions Desired. 35:5b-9

       “. . . gold, silver, and bronze; 6 blue, purple, and scarlet yarn; fine linen and goat hair; 7 ram skins dyed red

       and manatee skins; acacia wood; 8 oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense;

       9 and onyx with gemstones to mount on the ephod and breastpiece.


       Why do some people enjoy giving more than others? The words in the middle of verse five tell why us as they say, “everyone whose heart is willing”. All of Christianity is a matter of the heart. God stirs hearts to give and some get stirred more than others because their hearts are right with the Lord. When you and I know of genuine needs we should respond as the Lord leads. In the text He specifies for the people to bring , “gold, silver, and bronze etc”. As He specifies the gifts needed it is interesting He wants precious metals and fine cloth. When He builds His house of worship, even this moveable tabernacle, He wants quality material. In one church I pastored a man was always bringing stuff he no longer needed at home for some use in the church. He did not give the best but the leftovers. God wants us to contribute our best.


 

2.   The . . Craftsman Related To Contributions. 35:30-36:1

       A.   The Craftsman . . Appointed By The Lord. 35:30-34

       30 Moses then said to the Israelites: "Look, the Lord has appointed by name Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur,

       of the tribe of Judah. 31 He has filled him with God's Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in

       every kind of craft 32 to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, 33 to cut gemstones for mounting,

       and to carve wood for work in every kind of artistic craft. 34 He has also given both him and Oholiab son of

       Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others.

 

       B.   The Craftsman . . Addressed By The Lord. 35:35-36:1

       35 He has filled them with skill to do all the work of a gem cutter; a designer; an embroiderer in blue,

       purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen; and a weaver. They can do every kind of craft and design artistic

       designs. 36:1 Bezalel, Oholiab, and all the skilled people are to work based on everything the Lord has

       commanded. The Lord has given them wisdom and understanding to know how to do all the work of

       constructing the sanctuary."


       God appointed the best craftsmen for the work of building the tabernacle. Does God know everything?

He knew who had the talents He needed and where they were. He knew them by name, and he knows our talents and name and he may very well have contributions to make in His service. God addressed these servants and filled them with the skills He needed for the work He planned for them to do. He can and will do the same for us and the contributions of service He wants us to do.

 

3.   The . . Cleansing, Clothing And Consecrating Related To Contributing. 40:12-15

       A.   The Men . . Appointed For Priestly Service. 40:12

       12 "Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water.

 

       B.   The Men . . Anointed For Priestly Service. 40:13-14

       13 Clothe Aaron with the holy garments, anoint him, and consecrate him, so that he can serve Me as a

       priest. 14 Have his sons come forward and clothe them in tunics.

 

       C.   The Ministry . . Activated For Priestly Service. 40:15

       15 Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so that they may also serve Me as priests. Their anointing

       will serve to inaugurate a permanent priesthood for them throughout their generations." HCSB


       When the tabernacle stands complete as God directed He wants cleansing, clothing and consecration for the priest before they serve. Priest must be appointed. Today a minister must know he received a call from the Lord. At ordination services one of the first questions always deals with the salvation and call to the ministry. But a call is not enough as all ministers need the anointing of God so they will minister in the power of God.

Anointing never comes unless the minister is cleansed from sin. I believe ministers can expect anointing related to their cleansing. God does not anoint a dirty vessel. When asked, How Do You Contribute, hopefully we can answer; in many ways as I am directed by the Lord. Amen? Amen!