Summary: We will walk with Moses as God describes some requirements for HIM and the Sanctuary. We will look at the requirements for Offerings, required purpose of the Sanctuary, and requirements for HIS word which are and have been foundational for our walk and g

God sets Up HIS first Sanctuary with Man

Required Free will offering

Required Purpose

Requirement for the Word of Testimony

Exodus 25:1-22, DBF Sunday Sermon, 1/26/03

What is a home?

Many people automatically go to “home is were the heart is”. Others would say “home is were my mom is”. Home sweet home, may it ever be so humble.

Encarta Encyclopedia simple defines home as: House (architecture), dwelling place, constructed as a home for one or more persons. Whether a crude hut or an elaborate mansion, and whatever its degree of intrinsic architectural interest, a house provides protection from weather and adversaries.

The physical characteristics of a house depend on the surrounding environment (climate and terrain), available building materials, technological know-how, and such cultural determinants as the social status and economic resources of the owner or owners. In rural areas until modern times, people and animals were often housed together; today’s houses frequently include storage, work, and guest areas, with several separate spaces for different activities. Houses can be wholly below ground level, dug out of the earth, or can be partly below and partly above the ground; most contemporary houses are built aboveground (over cellars in cold climates). The primary structural materials employed are wood, sod, brick, and stone, with concrete and steel increasingly used, especially for city dwellings; many of these materials are used in combination also. Choice of material depends on prevalent style, individual taste, and availability. Depending on climate and available fuels, provisions may be made for heating. In modern industrialized areas, running water and interior toilets are common. Whatever its size and conveniences, a house both contains and stands for the basic human social unit.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines home as: Main Entry: 1home

Pronunciation: ’hOm

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English hom, from Old English hAm village, home; akin to Old High German heim home

Date: before 12th century

1 a : one’s place of residence : DOMICILE b : HOUSE

2 : the social unit formed by a family living together

3 a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment; also : the focus of one’s domestic attention b : HABITAT

4 a : a place of origin ; also : one’s own country b : HEADQUARTERS 2

5 : an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs

6 : the objective in various games; especially : HOME PLATE

- at home 1 : relaxed and comfortable : at ease 2 : in harmony with the surroundings 3 : on familiar ground : KNOWLEDGEABLE

We will see that God did not build HIS home or sanctuary with man with no requirements as seems to be what is practiced around us daily.

God directs Moses in requirements of HIS dwelling place with Israel. Let us walk with Moses and seek what God would lead us to this week and in our lives.

Required Free will offering

Exodus 25:1-7 (KJV)

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.

So God starts HIS building process with man, and HE asks for an offering? Not just anything or any offering, but HE does set requirements.

Well, some might ask “What does the requirements of God to the Ancient people of Israel have to do with me?”

Do you know that God gives us over 55 references to offerings in the Old and New Testaments directly and 27 are references to “free will offerings”.

What kind of offering does God want you to bring to HIM?

Exodus 35:5 (KJV)

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,

Exodus 35:29 (KJV)

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 35:29 (KJV)

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.

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