- Give something to God. Here are your options:
Gold, silver, brass, blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goat's hair, red rams' skins, badgers' skins, shittim wood, oil, spices, sweet incense,
onyx stones, stones for the ephod and breastplate.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. Exodus 25:1-7
This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying, Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass, And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, And oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense, And onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate. Exodus 35:4-9
Honour the LORD with thy substance. Proverbs 3:9
- Make a sanctuary for God (so he'll have some place to live). Here are the instructions.
Make it out of shittim wood. 114 cm long, 69 cm wide, and 69 cm high. Overlay it with pure gold, with a crown of gold around it. Put four gold rings in the corner, two rings on each side. Make some poles out of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Insert he poles into the rings so you can carry the ark around. Once the poles are inserted in the rings, never remove them again. Put God's testimony in the ark. Make a mercy seat out of pure gold, 114 cm long and 69 cm wide. Make two cherubim out of beaten gold and place them at the ends of the mercy seat. The wings of the cherubim must point upwards and their faces must look at one another. Put the mercy seat on top of the ark. God will talk to you while sitting on the mercy seat between the cherubim. Make a table out of shittim wood, 91 cm long, 46 cm wide, and 69 cm tall. Overlay the table with pure gold, with a gold crown around it, and an 8cm gold border. Make four gold rings for the table's feet. Make four more poles out of shittim wood, overlay them with gold, and insert them into the gold rings on the table's feet. These poles will be used to carry the table around. Make some gold dishes, spoons, covers, and bowls. Put some bread in front of God and let it remain there always. Make a golden candlestick with six branches, three on each side. Each branch must have three lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, with buds and petals. The center of the candlestick must have four almond-shaped bowls, with buds and flowers. Under each pair of branches there shall be an identical golden cup. Make seven lamps, with gold tongs and snuffers. You'll need about 34 kilograms of gold (~1.4 million U.S. dollars) for this project.
When you're finished it should look like this:
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway. And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. And in the candlesticks shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount. Exodus 25:8-40
03 June 2014
EJ&T: Exodus 25 - What to give God and how to build his sanctuary
In the Every Jot and Tittle project, I am listing all of the Bible's commandments from Genesis to Revelation, in accordance with Jesus's words in Matthew 5:18-19. I have no idea how many commandments I'll find, but Jewish tradition claims there are 613. See here for a list of those that I've found so far.
Posted by Steve Wells