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.  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.  Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.  And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, 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.  And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the LORD hath commanded; The tabernacle, his tent, and his covering, his taches, and his boards, his bars, his pillars, and his sockets,

Exodus 35:1-11


God had previously anointed craftsmen and described the construction of the tabernacle.  This was to be a tent to house the meeting of the high priest and God.  Outer courts received the elders and congregation.  Special furnishings and coverings were provided by design.  God asked the people to donate the materials, and the labor to build the tabernacle.  This was also a pattern for a greater tabernacle to come.


But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  Hebrews 9:11-14


God has provided a blueprint for a tent, but more than that.  It is a blueprint for the very salvation of man.  This is a shadow of the future savior and his destiny.  The church that can be carried on the journey to the Promised Land is to be a contact point for faith.  This was to be made from the offerings of the people, and from their works. 


And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.

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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair.  And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate; And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.  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.  Exodus 35:20-29


The people brought raw materials, and God anointed the workers.  Even the craftsmen who were gifted could not build the tabernacle without God’s help.  This was not a product of man’s works alone, but also of faith in the plan and gifting of God. 


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;  And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;  And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,  And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.  And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  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.  Exodus 35:30-35


The sacrifices we can make of animal blood alone could not make us righteous.  The high priest was to provide a sacrifice, but this was just a shadow of the work of another high priest yet to come.  The true tabernacle will be served by the great work of God himself.


And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  Hebrews 9:22-28


The shedding of blood is our work, and the remission of sin is God’s work, by faith.  These must be present together.  The building of the tabernacle, and provision of material was the works of men.  The presence of God in that tent was the work of God and of their faith in him. 


And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;  And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.  And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither  man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.  For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.  Exodus 36:4-7


There is a point at which the work is finished.  We do not have to do it all by ourselves, but we have to do as much as we are instructed to do.  Works are the product of our faith.  We trust the blueprint, and we build as much as it calls for, but not more.


For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  James 2:11-20


This is the great plan of the master: to care for people.  We have faith to believe, but not just to ask God to do good.  We have faith to be his agent, to give our own works.  We trust him to replenish our needs by faith, so we act on that faith. 


Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.  James 1:27


I have recently had a brush with poverty and some fear of becoming homeless.  I asked for prayer, but two men gave me material help instead.  Churches are often reluctant to give in this way now.  But I expect a blessing to come to these who understand pure religion.  They read the blueprint, and have been building on a sure foundation.