Instead of piling their gold together for a calf to worship, the Israelites willingly gave rings, brooches, earrings, and armlets toward the Lord’s Tabernacle in Exodus 35. It was a group effort.
Men of artistry crafted the gold into instruments. Women of skill spun blue, purple, and scarlet yarns into curtains. Every contributor came with a “willing heart” (Ex. 35:22).
All the men and women of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the LORD had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the LORD (Ex. 35:29).
This scene reminds me of a parable Jesus told.
A man going on a journey entrusted talents to each of his workers. When he returned, he was pleased at the investments his workers had made. They had been “faithful over a little” and were rewarded with much (Matt. 25:21, 23).
These workers used their talents to please their master. The Israelites used their talents to commune in worship of their Master.
What are your talents? And how are you investing them for your Master?