In the last chapter of Exodus we learned that even if Christians don’t take the Sabbath seriously, God takes it very seriously. Exodus 36 brings us some information on the tabernacle.
“They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning.” – Exodus 36:3
Who’s funding this sanctuary for God? The poor. God has commanded everyone, including the poor, to contribute, but the poor are the least able to contribute. The poor are punished by God. If God is truly all-powerful, He has the ability to provide the materials for the sanctuary, but He doesn’t. He commands the poor to help provide the materials.
That does it for Exodus 36. The chapter goes on to describe the exact details (dimensions, materials, etc.) of the tabernacle. There’s no need to bore you with that, but it continues to make one wonder why God spends all this time on instructions to build stuff than actually helping the people.
Coming Soon: Exodus – Chapter 37: The Ark