And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. Exodus 25:1-2
God asked Moses and the Israelites for everyone to bring Him an offering that they were willing in their heart. This is the root of our practice of giving tithes and offerings today. Does God need the money or possessions? Of course not, but He wants to see your heart, He wants to see what your willing to part with for Him
Notice God said “Whatever is willing of their heart” God wants to know your heart. The truth is many people cling to their money and possession as their savior instead of God. This creates a form of idolatry, anything we put ahead of God is an idol. Nothing should be put ahead of God
And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood, Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. Exodus 25:3-7
Notice all the things God listed were very valuable to the Israelites for daily living, especially considering they were in the Wilderness at this point. That is the point God is trying to make, we should rely on him for our daily living. God wants us to cling to Him daily, for everything, for everyday, for every moment!
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. Exodus 25:8-9
Now for the really exciting part, God instructed the Israelites to make a Tabernacle so God can live among them! Imagine that the presence of God is going to be with the Israelites wherever they go, even in the Wilderness!
Now this is a foreshadow of Christ, “The Word became Flesh and made His “dwelling” among us” (John 1:14) Jesus is the Tabernacle of God, this tabernacle was a foreshaow of Christ becoming Flesh to live among us!
Thankfully, because of Christ, the Holy Spirit lives inside us all today in Jesus name Amen!