15 day plan

A Funny Thing Happened Along the Way in Israel

Day 12 of 15

Exodus 35:29

29All the people of Israel who wanted to brought their offering to the Lord for the work which he had commanded Moses to do.

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Gen 2:18

Reflection:  We’re all in this Together – This probably seems like an odd verse in the middle of a study about life’s journey, but this section of Israel’s story marks a significant transition. Up until this point, when they began to build the Tabernacle, they had been grumbling and complaining and fighting amongst themselves and with God and Moses (positive bunch!). From this point on though, when they started working, and working together, the grumbling disappears. Now that’s a miracle!
There are several gems to take from this (like the fact that we’re all better humans when we’re involved in a purpose bigger than ourselves!) but the one we’ll focus on is that we’re actually meant to do this journey together, in partnership. Not isolation or competition: with each other. We work best when we work together and we walk best when we walk together. The only “not good” in all of the creation story was that man was alone – enter woman! – so let’s decide to not do this journey alone. We’re better together.

Questions: What areas of your journey are you trying to handle alone… and who could you let come alongside?

Prayer: Lord God, I know that you are with me, but I also know that you made me for human relationships so please help me build healthy, authentic relationships rather than trying to do this journey alone. And help me to value the relationships that I already have.  Amen.

We’re reading the Bible until 16th June with Catrina Henderson, an Aussie girl living in Tel Aviv pioneering and pastoring Hillsong Israel.

Exodus 35:1-35

Regulations for the Sabbath

1Moses called together the whole community of the people of Israel and said to them, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do: 2 You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is to be sacred, a solemn day of rest dedicated to me, the Lord. Anyone who does any work on that day is to be put to death. 3Do not even light a fire in your homes on the Sabbath.”

Offerings for the Sacred Tent

(Exodus 25.1-9)

4Moses said to all the people of Israel, “This is what the Lord has commanded: 5Make an offering to the Lord. Everyone who wishes to do so is to bring an offering of gold, silver, or bronze; 6fine linen; blue, purple, and red wool; cloth made of goats' hair; 7rams' skin dyed red; fine leather; acacia wood; 8oil for the lamps; spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet-smelling incense; 9carnelians and other jewels to be set in the High Priest's ephod and in his breastpiece.

Articles for the Tent of the Lord's Presence

(Exodus 39.32-43)

10“All the skilled workers among you are to come and make everything that the Lord commanded: 11the Tent, its covering and its outer covering, its hooks and its frames, its crossbars, its posts, and its bases; 12the Covenant Box, its poles, its lid, and the curtain to screen it off; 13the table, its poles, and all its equipment; the bread offered to God; 14the lampstand for the light and its equipment; the lamps with their oil; 15the altar for burning incense and its poles; the anointing oil; the sweet-smelling incense; the curtain for the entrance of the Tent; 16the altar on which to burn offerings, with its bronze grating attached, its poles, and all its equipment; the washbasin and its base; 17the curtains for the enclosure, its posts and bases; the curtain for the entrance of the enclosure; 18the Tent pegs and ropes for the Tent and the enclosure; 19and the magnificent garments the priests are to wear when they serve in the Holy Place—the sacred clothes for Aaron the priest and for his sons.”

The People Bring Their Offerings

20All the people of Israel left, 21and everyone who wished to do so brought an offering to the Lord for making the Tent of the Lord's presence. They brought everything needed for use in worship and for making the priestly garments. 22All who wanted to, both men and women, brought decorative pins, earrings, rings, necklaces, and all kinds of gold jewelry and dedicated them to the Lord. 23Everyone who had fine linen; blue, purple, or red wool; cloth of goats' hair; rams' skin dyed red; or fine leather, brought it. 24All who were able to contribute silver or bronze brought their offering for the Lord, and all who had acacia wood which could be used for any of the work brought it. 25All the skilled women brought fine linen thread and thread of blue, purple, and red wool, which they had made. 26They also made thread of goats' hair. 27The leaders brought carnelians and other jewels to be set in the ephod and the breastpiece 28and spices and oil for the lamps, for the anointing oil, and for the sweet-smelling incense. 29All the people of Israel who wanted to brought their offering to the Lord for the work which he had commanded Moses to do.

Workers to Make the Tent of the Lord's Presence

(Exodus 31.1-11)

30Moses said to the Israelites, “The Lord has chosen Bezalel, the son of Uri and grandson of Hur from the tribe of Judah. 31God has filled him with his power and given him skill, ability, and understanding for every kind of artistic work, 32for planning skillful designs and working them in gold, silver, and bronze; 33for cutting jewels to be set; for carving wood; and for every other kind of artistic work. 34The Lord has given to him and to Oholiab son of Ahisamach, from the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach their crafts to others. 35He has given them skill in all kinds of work done by engravers, designers, and weavers of fine linen; blue, purple, and red wool; and other cloth. They are able to do all kinds of work and are skillful designers.