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Old Testament - The NIV Study Bible commentary today notes that Exodus 35:4 through 39:43 are for the most part repeated from chapters 25 through 28; 30:1-5; and 31:1-11, sometimes verbatim, but with the verbs primarily in the past rather than the future tense and with the topics arranged in different order. This type of repetition was a common feature of ancient Near Eastern literature and was intended to fix the details of a narrative in the readers mind. I really like in today's readings in chapter 35 that people freely brought their offerings for the tabernacle (much of which was likely given to them by the Egyptians as the Exodus from Egypt began, as you'll recall from Exodus 12:33-36), as we see in verses 20 through 22 - "So all the people left Moses and went to their tents to prepare their gifts. If their hearts were stirred and they desired to do so, they brought to the LORD their offerings of materials for the Tabernacle and its furnishings and for the holy garments. Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing. Some brought to the LORD their offerings of gold--medallions, earrings, rings from their fingers, and necklaces. They presented gold objects of every kind to the LORD."
Bible.org's commentary on Exodus Chapter 35 titled "Concerning Contributions" is at this link. Bible.org's commentary on Exodus Chapter 36 titled "The Tabernacle, The Dwelling Place of God" is at this link.
Worship God: Our readings in Exodus today about Bezalel & Oholiab work reminded me of the Delirious? song "History Maker." Here's a great live version of this song from their Farewell show in London in 2010. I'm so sad these guys are playing as a band anymore, but so grateful I saw them live once! It was such a great worship experience!
Are you a history maker? Click here and meet the Maker of HIStory!
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the LORD has commanded." Exodus 36:1 NIV
Prayer Point: Pray that you are using the skills that God has given you for His Glory, and not your own works.
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