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Exodus 25:1-8; 35:4-9, 20-29; 2 Corinthians 8:1-8

Exodus 25:1-8; 35:4-9, 20-29; 2 Corinthians 8:1-8

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1. The LORD wanted His people to build for Him a dwelling place [Tabernacle] (25:1-8) (Verse 8: Let them make for me a dwelling place [Tabernacle], so that I may live among them)

(a) The Tabernacle would remind the people of Israel the presence of God
(b) But, the LORD wanted the Tabernacle to be built with their “freewill giving”— designated for a higher purpose
(c) The contributions that the LORD expected from His people were expensive, rare, and out of the ordinary (list them)

2. The LORD did not legislate giving or force it upon them, but He expected it to come out of “their willing heart” (35:4-5)

3. The people of Israel responded immediately and generously (35:20-21)

(a) Whose heart stirred him to action
(b) Everyone whose spirit was willing
(c) Men and women alike

4. The people of Israel gave so abundantly and generously that Moses commanded not to give any more for the building of the sanctuary (36:6-7)

(a) Moses instructed them to take his message throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman do any more work for the offering for the sanctuary”
(b) So the people were restrained from bringing any more
(c) Now, the materials were more than enough for them to do all the work

5. The end result was that the LORD came down in glory to dwell in the sanctuary (40:33b-38)

(a) Moses finished the work
(b) Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle
(c) Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle
(d) When the cloud was lifted up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on all their journeys but if the cloud was not lifted up, then they would not journey further until the day it was lifted up
(e) For the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, but fire would be on it at night, in plain view of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys

6. Observations

(a) Giving to God is a privilege
(b) It is a believer’s attempt to appreciate who God is ontologically, corporately, and individually
(c) Giving is theological: the more you know Him the better you give
(d) Unlike in the OT, the NT believers do not need to build a physical structure for God, because He Himself is building His dwelling place—the Church

(e) In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul teaches about Christian giving:

(e1) “Partnership” (koinōnia, 8:4)
(e2) “Willingness” (prothymia, 8:11, 12, 19)
(e3) “Generosity” (haplotēs, 8:2)
(e4) “Abundance” (perisseuma, 8:14)
(e5) “Grace” (charis, 8:4, 6, 7, 19)
(e6) “Love” (agapē, 8:7, 8, 24)

(f) General notes on “stewardship” (The position of the Crossroad Church)

(f1) The New Testament does not teach “tithe” for Christians
(f2) Believers do not relate to God by means of the Law, which includes “tithe”—the law of “tithe” is not for Christians
(f3) Believers must not give to God out of compulsion and also with an expectation
(f4) Giving is never legislated or forced upon, but it is spontaneous as a response to who God is
(f5) It is the barometer of one’s love for God
(f6) A third party (pastor or elder) must not impose it on the believers
(f7) Giving is learnt from God and it is a believer’s attempt to imitate God

7. Take Away

Express your appreciation for God by imitating Him in your giving (the Crossroad Church is a good place to express such appreciation)