Chapter-a-Day Exodus 35

What I have I offer. Then they came back, every one whose heart was roused, whose spirit was freely responsive, bringing offerings to God for building the Tent of Meeting, furnishing it for worship and making the holy vestments. Exodus 35:21 (MSG)

Everyone was at the meeting when Moses came down from the mountain. Everyone saw his face shining with God's glory. Everyone heard God's Message from his lips. Everyone dispersed. Not everyone came back. 

Those who returned were those whose hearts were roused and whose spirits were responsive. They came back with something to offer.

I don't want to be the person who was merely checked off for my attendance before God. I want my heart roused. I want my spirit to be freely responsive. I want to reciprocate with something tangible to offer.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Exodus 35”

  1. 20-26 So everyone in the community of Israel left the presence of Moses. Then they came back, every one whose heart was roused, whose spirit was freely responsive, bringing offerings to God for building the Tent of Meeting, furnishing it for worship and making the holy vestments. They came, both men and women, all the willing spirits among them, offering brooches, earrings, rings, necklaces—anything made of gold—offering up their gold jewelry to God. And anyone who had blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics; fine linen; goats’ hair; tanned leather; and dolphin skins brought them. Everyone who wanted to offer up silver or bronze as a gift to God brought it. Everyone who had acacia wood that could be used in the work, brought it. All the women skilled at weaving brought their weavings of blue and purple and scarlet fabrics and their fine linens. And all the women who were gifted in spinning, spun the goats’ hair.
    I selected this whole passage today, because it paints in my mind a beautiful picture of worship. Everyone came, bringing their gifts (material and spiritual)in response to the blessings that God had granted them. This is what fires me up to worship with my church family each weekend.

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