Saturday, December 14, 2013

Exodus 36

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 36. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter picks up where last weekend's reading left off, with a group of Israelites who came together to use their skills and abilities to build a Tabernacle, or holy building, for God. 
  • The Israelites were committed to the instructions God had given them. They voluntarily brought supplies that were needed to complete the Tabernacle; in fact, they brought too many! In verses 5 and 6 we see Moses issue a command that people stop bringing supplies because they already had "more than enough."
  • A big chunk of this chapter is dedicated to outlining the details of the Tabernacle's construction, from curtains made of goat hair to frames made of acacia wood. (Acacia wood could have come from more than 100 plants and trees that dotted the desert landscape inhabited by the Israelites (if you're interested in such things, you can read more in this article)).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • People were so committed to the mission God had given them that they became extremely generous with their resources. If we've decided to follow God, we should become extravagantly generous with what we have: generous with our time, with our finances, with our relationships, etc. 
  • Unfortunately, instead of being generous with their resources, most Christians look for ways they can minimize their level of commitment to God and his church. We should seek to follow the example of the Israelites and become so generous with our time and resources that we create a "problem" of having given too much.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • How can you become more generous with your life? Could you look for new ways to volunteer, or start using more of your money to help people?
  • Becoming more generous with our finances is one of the best things we can do to make and impact and grow closer to God, but it's also one of the most difficult. You can listen to our recent series called Giveitudes to learn more about how giving can help you grow spiritually.