Exodus 35 Outline
– Work six days and rest on the seventh day, the Sabbath (Exodus 35:1-3)
– The people contributed offerings for making the tabernacle (Exodus 35:4-29)
– God chose Bezaleel and Aholiab to make the tabernacle (Exodus 35:30)
Exodus 35 Summary
In Exodus 35:1-3, God commanded the Israelites to keep the Sabbath as a holy day dedicated to the Lord. On the seventh day, the Sabbath day, the Israelites are to put down all their works. Not even a fire can be lighted in their dwellings on the Sabbath day.
Moses instructed the Israelites to bring an offering including gold, and silver, and brass, blue, purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood, oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense, onyx stones, and other types of stones for making the tabernacle. Everyone equipped with skills can come to contribute in making the articles God had commanded. The Israelites contributed generously, The women spun blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen and goat hair for the tabernacle. The leaders brought the stones and gems for the ephod and breastpiece.
Moses informed the Israelites that God had chosen Bezaleel, who was filled with the Holy Spirit to make the gold, silver, and bronze articles. Bezaleel will cut and set the stones. Aholiab will rteach the people how to make the articles.
Exodus 35 Bible Study
1. Keep the Sabbath day holy
God forbade the Israelites from working on the tabernacle during the Sabbath day. Likewise, on the Sabbath day, we must not work or make money. For example, many churches sell meals to their members, which his wrong, because they are working and making money therefore desecrating the Sabbath day. On the Sabbath day, you cannot work and make money or hire someone to look after your business. You also cannot buy because buying cause others to break the Sabbath as no one is supposed to labor on this day (Nehemiah 10:31; Jeremiah 17:27; Deuteronomy 5:14; Luke 18:20; Matthew 12:1-14).
2. Give generously
After Moses instructed the Israelites to give offerings for making the tabernacles, the people gave generously every material that is needed for making the tabernacle. We should always give our tithes and offerings generously unto the king of kings and lord of lords so that God can be pleased with us. God loves a cheerful giver who gives with a willing heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:7; Deuteronomy 15:10). As long as there is a willingness, the offering you give will be acceptable to God, regardless of the amount (2 Corinthians 8:12).