Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Exodus, chapter 35

1 ¶ And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, These are the words which the LORD hath commanded, that ye should do them.
2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.
3 Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.

Remind your Seventh Day Adventist friends next time you talk with them of this.

4 And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying,
5 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,

Here, a willing heart is necessary and required. Gold, silver, and brass; deity, redemption, and judgment.

6 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair,
7 And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood,
8 And oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense,
9 And onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate.
10 And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the LORD hath commanded;

A willing heart is a wise heart.

11 The tabernacle, his tent, and his covering, his taches, and his boards, his bars, his pillars, and his sockets,
12 The ark, and the staves thereof, with the mercy seat, and the vail of the covering,
13 The table, and his staves, and all his vessels, and the shewbread,
14 The candlestick also for the light, and his furniture, and his lamps, with the oil for the light,
15 And the incense altar, and his staves, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the door at the entering in of the tabernacle,
16 The altar of burnt offering, with his brasen grate, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,
17 The hangings of the court, his pillars, and their sockets, and the hanging for the door of the court,
18 The pins of the tabernacle, and the pins of the court, and their cords,
19 The cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office.
20 ¶ And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.
21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.

A willing heart, a wise heart, and a heart that has been stirred up is required. This is the totally depraved heart of the man who is not born again, stirring him up. Calvin was wrong, claiming that man was not capable of obeying God until he was born again. Calvin was wrong, wrong, wrong. His spirit, the man’s spirit, made him willing, not the Holy Spirit. Read the plain English. None of these people were born again.

Be careful of the heresy that denies that a man’s spirit can seek God.

22 And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the LORD.

These totally depraved people, with their free will, were willing hearted, made so by their own spirits, to obey God. Now, God has told you to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is your duty. You can do it. Expect these things of people.

23 And every man, with whom was found blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, and red skins of rams, and badgers’ skins, brought them.
24 Every one that did offer an offering of silver and brass brought the LORD’S offering: and every man, with whom was found shittim wood for any work of the service, brought it.
25 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.

Wise hearted women.
26 And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair.

The women whose hearts have stirred them up. Not the Holy Spirit. As Bob Jones, Sr. said, “if you ought to do something you can do it.”

You can believe. Then God will save you. You can read and believe the Bible. Then God will sanctify you for His purpose in the measure that He desires. God won’t make you do what you are unable to do. If you can’t do it, God didn’t want you to do it. God has not called me to be a nuclear physicist or to play center for the Lakers.

27 And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate;
28 And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.
29 The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.

A WILLING offering brought by every man and woman WHOSE HEART made them willing. All I can do is to be willing to serve Christ and to give Him my life and He will do His part. The problem with all of us is heart trouble.

Are you WILLING to give your life to the Lord Jesus Christ?

30 ¶ And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;

Here is the spirit of God IN a man in the Old Testament. Notice that He is revealed as an influence rather than the person of the Holy Spirit as it is not capitalized. The Spirit of God is capitalized in many places in the Old Testament. Be careful not being able to rightly divide God’s word. Notice this New Testament reference.

1Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

32 And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
33 And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.
34 And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.

He was give the ability to teach.
35 Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.

Notice how God gives talent. Isn’t it a shame that talented people don’t know the source of their talent.

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