Exodus 35* The sabbath to be observed. (1-3) The free gifts for thetabernacle. (4-19) The readiness of the people in general.(20-29) Bezaleel and Aholiab called to the work. (30-35)1-3 The mild and easy yoke of Christ has made our sabbathduties more delightful, and our sabbath restraints less irksome,than those of the Jews; but we are the more guilty by neglectingthem. Surely God's wisdom in giving us the sabbath, with all themercy of its purposes, are sinfully disregarded. Is it nothingto pour contempt upon the blessed day, which a bounteous God hasgiven to us for our growth in grace with the church below, andto prepare us for happiness with the church above? 4-19 The tabernacle was to be dedicated to the honour of God,and used in his service; and therefore what was brought for it,was an offering to the Lord. The rule is, Whosoever is of awilling heart, let him bring. All that were skilful must work.God dispenses his gifts; and as every man hath received, so hemust minister, #1Pe 4:10|. Those that were rich, must bring inmaterials to work on; those that were skilful, must serve thetabernacle with their skill: as they needed one another, so thetabernacle needed them both, #1Co 12:7-21|. 20-29 Without a willing mind, costly offerings would beabhorred; with it, the smallest will be accepted. Our hearts arewilling, when we cheerfully assist in promoting the cause ofGod. Those who are diligent and contented in employmentsconsidered mean, are as much accepted of God as those engaged insplendid services. The women who spun the goats' hair werewise-hearted, because they did it heartily to the Lord. Thus thelabourer, mechanic, or servant who attends to his work in thefaith and fear of God, may be as wise, for his place, as themost useful minister, and he equally accepted of the Lord. Ourwisdom and duty consist in giving God the glory and use of ourtalents, be they many or few. 30-35 Here is the Divine appointment of the master-workmen,that there might be no strife for the office, and that all whowere employed in the work might take direction from, and giveaccount to them. Those whom God called by name to his service,he filled with the Spirit of God. Skill, even in worldlyemployments, is God's gift, and comes from above. But many areready enough in cutting out work for other people, and can tellwhat this man or that man should do; but the burdens they bindon others, they themselves will not touch with one of theirfingers. Such will fall under the character of slothfulservants. These men were not only to devise and to workthemselves, but they were to teach others. Those that ruleshould teach; and those to whom God has given knowledge, shouldbe willing to make it known for the benefit of others.
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