Exodus 38:21a, 24, 25, 29 “These are the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle…gold from the wave offering used for all the work on the sanctuary was 29 talents and 730 shekels, the silver obtained from those of the community who were counted in the census was 100 talents and 1,775 shekels, [and] the bronze from the wave offering was 70 talents and 2,400 shekels.”
When the Hebrews left Egypt, God favored them among the Egyptians to give them precious metals and fine fabrics and other goods for the building of the tabernacle. In fact the Bible says that God commanded the Hebrews to commandeer these things from the Egyptians. Now that they were well into the interior of the Sinai desert and no longer threatened by the Egyptian army, God had His people donate offerings of gold, silver, bronze, and fine fabrics for the construction of the tabernacle. The final tallies were 2,000 pounds of gold, 7,500 pounds of silver, and 5,000 pounds of bronze. That is a lot of metal that truly ransacked the wealth of Egypt. God had laid up the wealth of the wicked for the righteous.
I am in just sheer amazement at the amounts of precious metals that were disposed of by the Egyptians and given to the Hebrews upon exiting the country. God knew how to plunder the wealth of Egypt for His holy purpose. He spared no expense in the construction of the tabernacle. The even more amazing thing is that this vast hoard of wealth was donated freely by those in Israel. They did not have to give up their new-found riches. Even more so is that the craftsmen later came to Moses telling him to stop the collection of the construction materials because there was more than enough to do all that God ordered. Imagine that the gold, silver, bronze and other materials continued to come in to the point that the workers had to stop the flow of incoming goods! Oh that God’s people nowadays were still possessed such giving hearts.
When God pours out His blessing on those who are obedient to Him, there truly is no limit to the extent of His gracious giving. I pray that God’s people would catch the spirit of giving that Israel had for the construction of the tabernacle (and later for the temple, which David stored up for Solomon). The tons of gold, silver, and bronze that came in for Moses’ building crew was not even the entire hoard taken by Israel from Egypt. There was still much more within the camp. Those who gave up their possessions did so willingly. Let us continue in their example of giving to God freely because God loves a cheerful giver not one who does so of obligation or from a sense of coercion.
Father, thank You for giving to me and all who believe the greatest gift that could ever be given–Your Son, Jesus. No amount of gold, silver, and bronze could ever equal in value the gift of love that You bestowed upon mankind. May we in turn give back to You not only of our possessions, which are temporal, but of ourselves, in fact our very lives. You gave all that You had in Jesus, so how much more should we be willing to give all of ourselves back to You out of love for who You are! May our family learn the beauty of giving back to the Father what He has given to us, which is Yours in the first place. Help us to be good stewards of what You have put in our charge. In Jesus’ name, Amen.