Exodus 38:21 “This is the number of the things for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the testimony, as they were numbered according to the command of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.”


Where did all this stuff come from?  These people were slaves in Egypt just a short while ago.  Where would they have gotten gold, silver, fine fabric and gems?  Well, God had a plan.

Do you remember this?  Exodus 12:35-36 reads, “35 Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; 36 and the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”


What a great lesson for our kids.  God tells us to do things for a purpose.  We may not understand why, but we need to just follow His instructions.  Do you think the Hebrews knew why God asked them to get all that stuff from the Egyptians?  No!  But now they have all that to give to build the tabernacle.

Just like your kids don’t understand sometimes why you ask them to do things, God does the same. Teaching our kids that lesson will take them far.  Later in life, when they have obeyed the Lord in the small things, God may just show them why He asked them to do that certain thing.  How cool is that?

How about you?  Are you still wondering why God has asked you to do something?  Hang on!  He just may! And if He does, you are going to see the big picture.  I bet those Hebrews were so excited to be able to give.  Now it all made sense.

Father, thank You for giving me direction even when I don’t understand why.  Help me obey.  Help me be the example for others.


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