Exodus 35-36

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Willing Contributions for the Tabernacle

Exodus 35-36

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Lesson Number 38

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord’s House should be supported by the Lord’s people.
  2. The Lord’s House should follow the Lord’s pattern.

Practical Application

  1. Even you can design a tent peg!


  1. Where are the instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle recorded?
  2. What two important matters were addressed before construction began
  3. How were the materials for the Tabernacle collected?
  4. Did the people give enough materials?
  5. Exodus 36 seems repetitive of Exodus 26. How are they different?


  1. Exodus 25-31
  2. A reminder to keep the Sabbath and a collection of goods and services for the construction
  3. They were collected voluntarily from the people.
  4. Yes, in fact they gave too much, and Moses had to restrain them from giving more.
  5. The detailed instructions for the construction were given in chapter 26. In this chapter the construction is carried out, according to the detailed instructions.


  1. How is the work of the Lord supported in your local church? Do you fulfill your responsibility to support the work of the lord and the house of the Lord? Remember that the Children of Israel gave both goods and services. How are you using what the Lord has given you?
  2. When the skilled craftsmen of Israel constructed the Tabernacle, they followed God’s detailed instructions. They did not add to their patters with their own ideas or take away from it because they thought certain details were unnecessary. God has given details in the New Testament for how the House of the Lord, the church, should function today. Review these patterns and evaluate how your church is following them.


  1. Worship comes before work. Even when you are doing the work of the Lord, you should take time to rest and worship the Lord. It is as we worship the Lord that we desire to do His work. Without worship, Christian service may only be for self-glory.

Key Verses

  • “Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD.” Exodus 35:2
  • “Take from among you an offering to the LORD. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the LORD.” Exodus 35:5
  • “And Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whom the LORD has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the LORD has commanded.” Exodus 36:1

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