“God provides for His work before the work begins.”
(1) And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
(2) 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.
(3) And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,
(4) And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair,
(5) And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood,
(6) Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
(7) Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.
(8) And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
(9) 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.
- The materials requested would have been part of what the Egyptians gave to the Israelites when they escaped slavery. God had provided for His people before they needed the materials.
“Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.”Exodus 11:2
“And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:Exodus 12:35-36
And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.”
- The pattern for what they were to build was given them from Heaven (v. 9).
- The testimony (v. 16, the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments) was being completed, and would be brought to the people.
God will provide all for all He calls us to do.