As we think about the Commandments, we should also consider God’s desire and willingness to operate within the parameters of man’s free will as an act of worship. When God‘s people are willing to sacrifice in giving and service, God blesses them in return by permitting fellowship with Him.
1. God’s challenge - A free will offering by the people for the Tabernacle.
Ex. 35:4-5 “And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying, Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD;”
2. The people’s response - They sacrificed of themselves.
V20-21 “And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD's offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.”
3. God’s response - God raised up a man to complete the task so that He might fellowship with His people.
V29-30 “The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.
And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;” LESSON - If the worship of God cost you nothing, you will receive nothing in return. But if you are willing to sacrifice of your time, treasure, and talent for the worship of God, you can expect God‘s presence and power upon your life, family, church, & nation. What has your worship cost you? 2 Sam. 24:24 “neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing.”