A Gift From The Heart
By: Michael Peebles
Date: March 14, 2015
Exodus 35:29 (ESV) All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.
From a grammatical point of view, the central verbal thought of this verse is “brought”. Let me break it down for emphasis:
All the men and women, the people of Israel
whose heart moved them
to bring anything
for the work
that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done
as a freewill offering
to the Lord.
So here is an interesting thing. The subject part of the thought opens with all the people of Israel in view, both men and women. Then a selection is made from that group, “those whose heart moved them to bring”. So now the subject is limited to those whose hearts were willingly and cheerfully engaged in the act of bringing.
These folks drew from their resources, and used their skill to prepare and bring all the things that the tabernacle was assembled from. So, the whole people were engaged in the covenant, and the whole people were around the process, but it was the part of the people whose hearts were moved that had a special relationship to the result.
What would it be like to be able to see a lovingly crafted treasure you had produced, as a part of a much larger whole? Part of the Tabernacle!
Isn’t it interesting that we have a similar opportunity in Messiah Yeshua, to give a part of our life – of ourselves – in building the temple of living stones spoken of by Peter in his letter (I Peter 2:5)?
But only those “whose hearts are moved” will actually be involved. The opportunity must be matched by a willing heart in order to become a reality.