I can’t believe this is the last post for Hello Women of Exodus. Two entire books of the bible covered this year! Only 64 to go, LOL. Wow! The feels! From pride for the follow through to excitement for what’s to come to expectation for how God could use these studies. It’s been a heck of a year but I am extremely grateful that you’ve stuck by my side and encouraged me to continue going…. not what this post is about… sorry for the tangent.
It was a challenge towards the mid to end sections of Exodus. There were fewer and fewer women to be heard of. I had to dig a little deeper and become somewhat creative. I think it worked out well as we got HELLO WIVES & DAUGHTERS OF EXODUS 32 and HELLO DAUGHTERS OF EXODUS 34.
For the last post of the category and the last post of the year I want to introduce you to the women who were a part of the creation of the tabernacle.
In Exodus 35 Moses announces that offerings would be collected from all who were willing and these offerings would be used in the construction of the Tabernacle.
5 From what you have, take an offering for the Lord. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the Lord an offering
I love that Moses made it clear that only those who were willing should present an offering. I think that is God’s heart when it comes to our giving offerings. I believe that He doesn’t want us to give out of obligation. Giving in general is a very personal choice and I think it has a lot to do with our hearts towards God. He calls us to be givers like He is and not just givers but generous givers. Again…. going off track. Let’s get back.
The women of the tabernacle reminded me of a few things.
In verse 22 we see the people’s response.
22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought…
Let’s be willing to give. Generously!
25 Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. 26 And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair.
Let’s be willing to serve!
You know what… I bet that if there were women who didn’t have the skill but were willing another woman would have taught her.
And guess what…. a skill is not the same as a gifting or a talent! A skill can be learned!!! If you aren’t sure where or how to serve the Lord… learn a skill and get to work.
If we continue reading into chapter 36 we see that the people gave and kept giving! They gave so much that it got to the point where Moses had to say, Thanks! But we’re good!
6 Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, 7 because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.
I love this! The people gave so generously that they had all they needed to create the tabernacle! My favorite part is when they are told not to bring anymore.
God will only take what is needed to get the job done.
Let’s be tuned in to hear the voice of God.
If we are actively seeking God and tuning our station to match His then we will hear when He tells us that we have given enough. He will let us know that He has all He needed from us in that particular area or season. I feel that I may need to clarify what I mean… typically when God asks something of us it’s uncomfortable. It’s difficult. It straight up hurts. But when we are being obedient and have our ears leaned into Him we will hear when He says, “That’ll be enough.” Remember the verse, “the people were restrained from bringing more”
My dear sisters that is my prayer for us both. That we may be obedient and give generously when requested and that we may be ready when He whispers, “You have given enough.”
My Prayer For You:
Dear Jesus, I pray for myself and all of my awesome readers that you may fill each of us with courage to be obedient to your call. I pray that we may be willing and able to give when you request it of us. I pray that we may continue to give with hearts poured out to you. Jesus, I pray that you may help us draw near to you that we may seek your face and have ears tuned into your voice. Thank you for your everlasting mercy and grace. Thank you for your redeeming goodness and unfailing love that surpasses all understanding. I pray that as we go into the new year you may move in a supernatural way in the lives of my readers. Bless them with heavenly favor and guidance as they chase after their dreams. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Memory Verse: Proverbs 11:24-25 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.