much more than enough

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Exodus 35:30-36:7

30 Then Moses told the people of Israel, “Look, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with understanding, with knowledge, and with all kinds of work, 32 to plan with precision, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. 34 And he has put it in his heart to teach, also Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver – by any sort of workman or skilled designer. 36:1 “Bezalel and Oholiab should work in accordance with all that the LORD has commanded along with every craftsman in whom the LORD has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary.” 2 And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the LORD had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work. 3 And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, 4 so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing much more than enough for doing the work that the LORD has commanded us to do.” 6 So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, 7 because the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.

much more than enough

The tabernacle project leapt upon the blueprints of these master artisans and skilled workers. They were skilled not only in producing a finished product, but also in thinking the thoughts necessary for it to come together. Having more than enough of the raw materials to work with was not wasteful, because it enabled them to choose only the best for the project. So, when they were satisfied that they could produce a masterpiece with what was given, they asked the people to stop giving.

The LORD has provided the raw materials for you and me to build a home for himself in our lives as well. His Holy Spirit has taken up residence within every born-again Christian, and is all set to do the work. He knows those raw materials well:

  • his grace, which turns our weaknesses into his power made perfect,[1]
  • his word, which corrects our ignorance and sinful ways,[2]
  • his love, which enables us to stay connected to him while he changes us.[3]

Remove any of those raw materials and the project will be stalled. Fortunately, the LORD puts us into communities where there is much more than enough of those raw materials for the master craftsmen to work with. But often we turn our backs on those communities – those churches. Life in churches is messy, but that is where the finished product is going to come from. The LORD did not call Bezalel and Oholiab to go away into some perfect place to produce the holy place. He commanded them to produce it there, in the wilderness, from gifts given by the Israelites themselves.

LORD, we surrender our will to you, we will not resist the community of faith that you have brought us into. Instead, we will give freely of the abundant gifts you have given us, so that your word, your grace and your love can change us all into a building fit for your presence.


[1] 2 Corinthians 12:5, 9.

[2] 2 Timothy 3:16.

[3] John 15:10; 1 John 4:12.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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