Ever seen a need? Ever heard of a need? Ever given to a need? Ever received for a need? How much would you expect? How did you respond? Did you give your best? Did you provide what you should? What if there was a need and an offering was taken? Would you give your best? Would you expect everyone to do what they can? Would you think you don’t need to because everyone else will take care of it? Not everyone can give the same! Not everyone’s best is the same amount! But when given in faith believing, like the woman who gave two mites, can be used by God! When given in faith believing, like the boy who gave up his lunch of fish and loafs, can be used by God! When given in faith believing, like the widow who only had a little oil, can be used by God! So will you do your part? Will you give what is put onto your heart? Will you be part of the miracle of more than enough? Like at the feeding of the 5000 where there were leftovers? Will you give as you are led like at the giving prompted by Moses where there was more than enough and required Moses to tell everyone to stop?
Today’s reading gets us started on this very topic…
More Than Enough!1“So Bezalel and Oholiab are to work, along with every wise-hearted man in whom Adonai has placed insight and understanding to know how to perform all the labor for the service of the Sanctuary, according to everything Adonai has commanded.” 2Then Moses called Bezalel, Oholiab and all the wise-hearted men in whose minds Adonai had set wisdom, along with everyone whose heart stirred him up to come do the work. 3They received from Moses the entire offering that Bnei-Yisrael had brought for the work of the service of the Sanctuary, to build it. They brought freewill offerings to him morning after morning. 4Then all the skilled men who were doing all the work of the Sanctuary came, one by one from the work he was doing, 5and said to Moses, “The people are bringing much more than enough for the work of this construction that Adonai has commanded to be done.” 6So Moses gave an order, and they proclaimed it throughout the camp saying, “Let neither man nor woman make anything else as an offering for the Sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing more. 7For the work material they had was sufficient for all the work, with much left over. 8So all the wise-hearted men among them did the work. They made the Tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen, along with blue, purple and scarlet, with cheruvim—the work of a skillful craftsman. 9The length of each curtain was 28 cubits and the width of each curtain was four cubits. All the curtains had one measure. 10Then he coupled five curtains to one another, and the other five curtains he also coupled together. 11He made blue loops on the edge of the curtain that was outermost within the first set. He did the same along the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the second set. 12He made 50 loops in one curtain and 50 loops on the edge of the curtain that was in the second set, so that the loops were opposite to one another. 13Also he made 50 clasps of gold and coupled the curtains one to another with the clasps, so the Tabernacle was one. 14Then he made curtains from goat hair for a tent over the Tabernacle. He made 11 curtains. 15The length of each curtain was 30 cubits, and the width of each was four cubits. The 11 curtains had one measure. 16He coupled five curtains by themselves, and six other curtains by themselves. 17He made 50 loops on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the first set and 50 loops on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the second set. 18Also he made 50 bronze clasps to couple the tent together, so that it would be one. 19Then he made a covering for the tent of ram skins, dyed red, along with a covering of sealskins above. 20He also made the framework of boards for the Tabernacle from acacia wood, standing upright. 21The length of a board was ten cubits, the width was a cubit and a half. 22Each board had two supports, joined one to another. He did this for all the boards of the Tabernacle. 23So he built the boards for the Tabernacle, 20 boards from the south side southward. 24And he made 40 silver bases under the 20 boards, two bases under one board for its two supports, and two bases under another board for its two supports. 25Also for the second side of the Tabernacle, on the north side, he made 20 boards, 26along with their 40 silver bases, two under one board and two under the next. 27For the back part of the Tabernacle westward he made six boards. 28He also made two boards for the corners of the Tabernacle in the back, 29so that they could be doubled underneath, and in same way to be fixed to the top, at the first ring. He did this for both of them at the two corners. 30So there were eight boards, along with their silver bases, 16 in all, two under each board. 31Then he made crossbars from acacia wood, five for the boards on one side of the Tabernacle, 32five for the boards on the other side of the Tabernacle, and five crossbars for the boards of the Tabernacle for the back part, westward. 33He built the middle crossbar to pass through, in the center of the boards, from one end to the other. 34He overlaid the boards with gold and made golden rings for them, as holders for the crossbars, and overlaid the crossbars with gold. 35Then he made the curtain of blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen, along with the cheruvim, the work of a skillful craftsman. 36He made four pillars of acacia, and overlaid them with gold, having golden hooks, and he cast four silver bases for them. 37Then he made a parokhet for the entrance of the tent, of blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen, the work of a color weaver. 38Also he made the five pillars with their hooks, and overlaid their capitals and bands with gold, along with their five bronze bases.–from Exodus 36
What a generous heart to give so much! What an incredible miracle to meet every need and more! Do you believe? Do you of a need? What are you doing about it? Do you know of an offering? Are you prepared in your heart to what it means? Do you realize the impact it will have on the world? Do you realize the impact it will have on the plans of God? Do you want to get to be a part? It’s not a matter of the size, it’s a matter of the heart!
Ark, Table, Menorah, Incense Altar1Bezalel also made the Ark from acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. 2He overlaid it with pure gold inside and out, and made a crown of gold for it all around. 3He cast four golden rings for it, in the four feet, two rings on the one side, and two on the other. 4He also made poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold. 5Then he put the poles into the rings on the sides of the Ark, to carry the Ark. 6He made an atonement cover of pure gold, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide. 7Then he forged two cheruvim of gold, from hammered work, at the two ends of the atonement cover, 8one cheruv at one end, and one cheruv at the other. He made the atonement cover from a single piece with the cheruvim on the two ends. 9So the cheruvim spread out their wings on high, overshadowing the atonement cover with their wings, with their faces to one another, and the faces of the cheruvim toward the atonement cover. 10Then he made the table of acacia wood, two cubits long, a cubit wide, and a cubit and a half high. 11He overlaid it with pure gold and made a golden crown all around. 12Also he made a border for it, a hand-width around, and made a golden crown for the border all around. 13He cast four golden rings for it, and put the rings into the four corners that were on the four feet. 14The rings were close to the borders, as holders for the poles to carry the table. 15He also made the poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold, to carry the table. 16He forged the articles that were on the table, the dishes, pans, bowls and jars, with which to pour, out of pure gold. 17Then he made the menorah of pure gold, of hammered work, even its base, its stem, its cups, its bulbs and its flowers, were one piece with it. 18There were six branches going out of the sides, three branches out of one side, and three branches out of the other. 19Three cups made like almond blossoms were in one branch, a bulb within a flower, and three cups made like almond blossoms in the next branch, another bulb within a flower. It was just so for the six branches going out of the menorah. 20Also within the menorah were four cups made like almond blossoms, bulbs and flowers, 21with a bulb under two branches of one piece, a second bulb under two branches of another piece, and a bulb under two branches of a third piece, for six branches extending out of it. 22Their bulbs and their branches were one piece with it, an entire hammered work of pure gold. 23He also made the seven lamps, along with tongs and censers of pure gold. 24He made them from a talent of pure gold, along with all the pieces. 25He made the altar of incense from acacia wood, a cubit long, a cubit wide, squared, and two cubits high. The horns were one piece with it. 26Then he overlaid it with pure gold on top, on the sides all around and over its horns. Also he made a crown of gold for it all around. 27He made two golden rings for it underneath the crown, on two sides as holders for poles in order to carry it. 28He made the poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold. 29Then he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, the blend of a perfumer.–from Exodus 37
So let’s be people with open arms! Let’s greet people! Let’s be loving! Let’s be outreaching! Let’s be embracing! Let’s be discipling! Let’s be building unity! Let’s be keeping our eyes on those who try to bring up strife and division and turn away from them! Let’s shine our lights so that stumbling blocks and deception can’t hide and will be revealed and exposed! Let’s walk in such obedience to God that others will praise Him! Let’s live to exalt God in the name of Jesus that many lives can be saved and many lives can be transformed!
Welcome the Apostolic Team1Now I recommend to you our sister Phoebe—who is a servant-leader of Messiah’s community at Cenchrea— 2so you may receive her in the Lord, in a way worthy of kedoshim, and help her in whatever matter she may need from you. For she herself has become a patroness of many, including me as well. 3Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Messiah Yeshua, 4who risked their own necks for my life. Not only I give them thanks, but also all of Messiah’s communities among the Gentiles. 5Greet also the community that meets in their house. Greet Epaenetus whom I dearly love, who is the first fruit in Asia for Messiah. 6Greet Miriam, who has worked hard for you. 7Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kin and fellow prisoners who are well known among the emissaries. They were in Messiah before me. 8Greet Ampliatus, whom I dearly love in the Lord. 9Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Messiah, and Stachys whom I dearly love. 10Greet Apelles, who is approved in Messiah. Greet those from the household of Aristobulus. 11Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those from the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord. 12Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, workers in the Lord. Greet Persis whom I dearly love, who has worked hard in the Lord. 13Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother—who was also a mother to me. 14Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters with them. 15Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, also Olympas and all the kedoshim with them. 16Greet one another with a holy kiss. All of Messiah’s communities greet you. 17Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep your eye on those who are causing divisions and stumbling blocks, contrary to the teaching that you learned. Turn away from them. 18For such people do not serve our Lord the Messiah, but only their own belly. By their smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. 19Your obedience has become known to all, so I rejoice over you—but I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil. 20Now the God of shalom will soon crush satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Yeshua be with you. 21Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kin. 22I, Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord. 23Gaius, host to me and the whole community, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, greets you, and so does brother Quartus. 24[footnote: Some mss. add: The grace of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah be with you all. Amen.]
Closing Blessing25Now to the One who is able to strengthen you according to my Good News and the proclamation of Yeshua the Messiah, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages 26but now is revealed and through the Writings of the Prophets has been made known to all the nations, according to the commandment of the eternal God to bring about obedience of faith— 27to the only wise God, through Yeshua the Messiah, to Him be the glory forever. Amen.–from Romans 16