Stirred Up Workers, and People with a Heart to Give (Exodus 36)

Scripture reading – Exodus 36

Exodus 36 records the start of work on the Tabernacle. Two familiar names arise, Bezaleel and Aholiab, whom the LORD had chosen (31:2-6; 35:30-35) to lead the labor on His sanctuary. We are reminded once again that they were chosen, because they were “wise-hearted.” (36:1a). It is not surprising that Bezaleel and Aholiab worked with other men like themselves; men “in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded” (36:1b).

Moses summoned the most gifted men in Israel to work on the LORD’s sanctuary, and one trait was most prominent. Each man’s heart had “stirred him up to come unto the work to do it” (36:2). God chooses not only talented workers, but He desires that their hearts are stirred up to labor in the ministry.

Another lesson regards how the people gave for the work on the Tabernacle. Moses received “free offerings every morning” from the children of Israel who were giving “for the work of the service of the sanctuary” (36:3). So much was given, the workers encouraged Moses to command the people to bring no more offerings! (36:4-7)

Exodus 36 gives us a record of the process, and materials used in constructing the Tabernacle (36:8-38). It had a wood frame (36:20-34). The boards of the interior were overlaid with gold, and beautiful, embroidered curtains with taches of gold covered the interior walls (36:8-13).

The exterior of the Tabernacle was covered with “curtains of goats hair” (36:14-18), and over them were laid “a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers’ skins above that” (36:19).

The interior of the Tabernacle was divided by “a vail [veil] of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: with cherubims,” forming the “most holy place” where the Ark of the Covenant and its Mercy Seat would be located (36:35-36). The door to the entrance of the Tabernacle was a curtain “of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, of needlework” (36:37).

I conclude today’s devotional inviting you to consider the veil that partitioned the outer court of the Tabernacle where only priests served, from the inner court into which the high priest could enter only once a year, and then to sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat as a sacrifice to God for his sins, and the sin of the nation (Hebrews 9:7).

Why the partition? Because it reminds us that sin separates man from God who is holy, and without sin. Believers have access to God, not through any merit of their own, but through the blood of Jesus Christ who is our High Priest.

Hebrews 9:2222And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Hebrews 9:27–2827And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Copyright 2021 – Travis D. Smith