Exodus 35

* The sabbath to be observed. (1-3) The free gifts for the

tabernacle. (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 sabbath

duties more delightful, and our sabbath restraints less irksome,

than those of the Jews; but we are the more guilty by neglecting

them. Surely God's wisdom in giving us the sabbath, with all the

mercy of its purposes, are sinfully disregarded. Is it nothing

to pour contempt upon the blessed day, which a bounteous God has

given to us for our growth in grace with the church below, and

to 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 a

willing heart, let him bring. All that were skilful must work.

God dispenses his gifts; and as every man hath received, so he

must minister, #1Pe 4:10|. Those that were rich, must bring in

materials to work on; those that were skilful, must serve the

tabernacle with their skill: as they needed one another, so the

tabernacle needed them both, #1Co 12:7-21|.
20-29 Without a willing mind, costly offerings would be

abhorred; with it, the smallest will be accepted. Our hearts are

willing, when we cheerfully assist in promoting the cause of

God. Those who are diligent and contented in employments

considered mean, are as much accepted of God as those engaged in

splendid services. The women who spun the goats' hair were

wise-hearted, because they did it heartily to the Lord. Thus the

labourer, mechanic, or servant who attends to his work in the

faith and fear of God, may be as wise, for his place, as the

most useful minister, and he equally accepted of the Lord. Our

wisdom and duty consist in giving God the glory and use of our

talents, 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 who

were employed in the work might take direction from, and give

account to them. Those whom God called by name to his service,

he filled with the Spirit of God. Skill, even in worldly

employments, is God's gift, and comes from above. But many are

ready enough in cutting out work for other people, and can tell

what this man or that man should do; but the burdens they bind

on others, they themselves will not touch with one of their

fingers. Such will fall under the character of slothful

servants. These men were not only to devise and to work

themselves, but they were to teach others. Those that rule

should teach; and those to whom God has given knowledge, should

be willing to make it known for the benefit of others.
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