Moses had the instructions for the construction of the tabernacle, and now instructs the people of Israel to give offerings willingly to supply the items needed for its construction. They were to bring gold, silver, bronze, blue, purple, scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair, ram skins, badger skins, and acacia wood. They were also to bring oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil, sweet incense, onyx stones, and stones for the ephod and breastplate.
All the items donated would be used by artisans to make the tabernacle, its tent, covering, clasps, boards, bars, pillars, and sockets; its ark, poles, mercy seat, veil of the covering, table and poles, utensils, and showbread. They would also make the lampstand for the light, utensils, lamps, and the oil for the light. All the other items would be made as well, including the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the other priests.
This is a wonderful example of how the giving of God’s people supplies the needs of God’s house. Through tithing and giving, the people of God make a place for His people to meet with Him and one another. When you see the plate or the basket go by at church; when you see groups raising money for church projects, when you hear an appeal for a special need, GIVE! You will never regret the gift, and you will never be harmed by the reduction in your own funds. God’s work is the best investment. Give and it shall be given unto you!