1 Moses assembled all the congregation of the people of Israel and said to them, “These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do. 2 Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3 You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day.” 4 Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “This is the thing that the Lord has commanded. 5 Take from among you a contribution to the Lord. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the Lord ‘s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze; 6 blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen; goats’ hair, 7 tanned rams’ skins, and goatskins; acacia wood, 8 oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 9 and onyx stones and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece.
Exodus 35:1-9 ESV
I. Worship with Our Rest (1-3)
A. Prioritize worship of God over work done for God.
B. Rest is worship because the purposeful Sabbath points us to the Savior.
C. The Gospel is not a message of work harder but rest in Jesus’ finished work. (Matthew 23:4, 11:28-30)
D. Sabbath is not about doing nothing but doing the one thing we must, worship. (Luke 10:38-42) Worship of Jesus trumps even work done for Jesus.
II. Worship with Our Riches (4-9)
A. The tabernacle was planned by God and funded by the gifts of the people of Israel.
B. God is after our hearts, not what we have. But because money so often has a hold on us, He doesn’t.
C. God’s grace to us is what gets to give from generous hearts rather than with guilty hands. (Exodus 3:19-22)
III. Next Steps: Growing in Generosity
A. Be a growing disciple by growing in generosity, starting today.
B. Take the 90 Day Challenge.
Work and Wealth Exodus 35:1-29