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Exodus 38:21-31

21 These are the specifications of the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the testimony, as they were recorded by Moses’ command, detailing the responsibility of the Levites under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 22 Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses; 23 and with him was Oholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver and designer and embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. 24 All the gold that was used for the work, in all the construction of the sanctuary, the gold that was contributed, was twenty-nine talents and 730 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. 25 The silver from those of the congregation who were recorded was a hundred talents and 1,775 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary: 26 a beka per person (that is, half a shekel, by the shekel of the sanctuary), for everyone who was listed in the records, from twenty years old and upward, for 603,550 men. 27 The hundred talents of silver were for casting the bases of the sanctuary and the bases of the veil; a hundred bases for the hundred talents, a talent a base. 28 And from the 1,775 shekels he made hooks for the pillars and overlaid their capitals and made bowls for them. 29 The bronze that was offered was seventy talents and 2,400 shekels; 30 with it he made the bases for the entrance of the tent of meeting, the bronze altar and the bronze grating for it and all the utensils of the altar, 31 the bases around the court, and the bases of the gate of the court, all the pegs of the tabernacle, and all the pegs around the court.

silver and gold

At this point in the history of God’s people, they had lots of money. The silver and gold contributed by the Egyptians as they urged the Israelites to leave Egypt was put to good use. It became raw materials for the construction of the tabernacle of testimony.

At another point in the history of God’s people, a beggar looked up at two Israelites, seeking help. But Peter and John did not have those material resources. But they did have a name. So, Peter said to the crippled beggar “I don’t have any silver or gold, but I will give you what I do have: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk.”[1]

In the kingdom from the sky, we never lack the resources to accomplish the will of our king. If he provides silver and gold, we can use them for his glory. If we have no silver and gold, we are still able to do the work, because we have the name of our king. That is enough.

LORD, thank you for all the resources you have put at our disposal – especially those which we can never lose.


[1] Acts 3:6.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary and church elder.
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