Exodus 35:1-35


This chapter is divided into four sections, which involves people of a willing heart.

  1. Verse 1-3 – The call of God by Moses to the people of Israel and the command to keep the Sabbath day holy unto the Lord.
  2. Verse 4-19 – The call of God by Moses for the people to bring all the items necessary for the building of the tabernacle.
  3. Verse 20-29 – The Israelites respond to the call of God and bring that which is required for the building of the tabernacle.
  4. Verse 30-35 – Moses sets aside Bezaleel and Aholiab for the much of the work of the tabernacle.


A most remarkable thing to notice in this chapter is that only those that are willing hearted are allowed to give toward the necessities of building the tabernacle.

  1. Verse 5 – “…whosoever is of a willing heart…”
  2. Verse 10 – “…every wise hearted among you…”
  3. Verse 21 – “…every one whose heart stirred him up…” and “…whom his spirit made willing…”
  4. Verse 22 – “…as many as were willing hearted…”
  5. Verse 25 – “…women that were wise hearted…”
  6. Verse 26 – “…women whose heart stirred them up…”
  7. Verse 29 – “…brought a willing offering…” and “…whose heart made them willing…”


1.       Many times it is taught that people in the Old Testament had to do certain things, but that is not the truth.

2.       People in the Old Testament are exactly like us – we serve God because we want to, not because we have to.

3.       People in the Old Testament were not “under the law” as defined by many today.

4.       The law was the schoolmaster in the Old Testament and it is still the schoolmaster in the New Testament.

5.       People in the Old Testament were saved by grace through faith, just like we are saved today.

6.       Some folks today believe tithing was taught only under the law, and because we are not “under the law” today, we do not need to tithe.

7.       What is misunderstood is that tithing was taught before the law of God was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, during the time Israel was a nation, and after Israel went into captivity, and after the church was instituted by Christ during his own personal ministry.

8.       Tithing is not “under the law”, but is of grace.

9.       Serving God is never “under the law”, but always by the mercy and grace of God that he gives us.


Verse 1-3 – 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. 2 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. 3 Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.

I.   Verse 1-3 – The call of God by Moses to the people of Israel and the command to keep the Sabbath day holy unto the Lord.


II.   These verses are a repeat of the law given in Exodus 20:8-11.

A.     Exodus 20:8-11 does not mention the penalty of death.

1.       Numbers 15:32 states, “And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.”

2.       The time period is later, giving us evidence that all Israel knew about the prohibition of working on the Sabbath day.

3.       There is never an excuse for sin, and sin will always be punished.

B.     Breaking any of the commandments of God brings with it a judgment and punishment, even if that punishment is not mentioned.


III.   The law states:

A.     Work six days.

1.       God always gives his plenty of time to devote to the necessities of living on this earth.

2.       God will always provide for his people, but he will often use their own physical and mental efforts to do this.

3.       God also wants us to understand that our life is more than what this earth provides, therefore he restrains men from working too much.

B.     The seventh day is a holy day of rest unto the Lord.

1.       It is necessary to remember God one day out of seven.

2.       A person, family, city or town, community, state, or nation that follows this command of God will be continually blessed of God.

3.       It is absolutely true that God will abundantly provide for all those people who devote themselves to obeying God’s commands.

4.       In the beginning of our nation, few people worked on Sunday, because they believed that day was reserved for rest and religious worship.

5.       Our nation prospered under the obedience of this command.

6.       Today, few people believe they can “make it” without working seven days a week.

7.       People have more material possessions today than ever before because we are reaping the benefits of past obedience.

8.       It will not be long until those benefits “run out” and we will begin to reap the judgments of God because we, as a nation, have forgotten God and his clear commandments.

C.     Whoever works on this day shall be put to death.

1.       This command was given to Israel, not to the church, or any other nation.

2.       We do not practice putting people to death because they work on Sunday, and we should not.

3.       The truth is: those individuals, that family, that city or town, that state, or nation that continually and willingly work on Sunday because they do not trust God to provide a living for them will die spiritually.

D.     There shall no fire be kindled on the Sabbath day.

1.       All during the 40-year wilderness wandering, God provided food on Friday (double) so Israel would not have to gather food or cook it on Saturday.

2.       It is a shame today that the vast majority of the people of God do not heed this warning.

3.       Many people (even “Christians”) think they must cook on Sunday, or go out to eat, causing other people to work for them.


Verse 4-19 – And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying, 5 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, 6 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, 7 And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood, 8 And oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense, 9 And onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate. 10 And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the LORD hath commanded; 11 The tabernacle, his tent, and his covering, his taches, and his boards, his bars, his pillars, and his sockets, 12 The ark, and the staves thereof, with the mercy seat, and the vail of the covering, 13 The table, and his staves, and all his vessels, and the shewbread, 14 The candlestick also for the light, and his furniture, and his lamps, with the oil for the light, 15 And the incense altar, and his staves, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the door at the entering in of the tabernacle, 16 The altar of burnt offering, with his brasen grate, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot, 17 The hangings of the court, his pillars, and their sockets, and the hanging for the door of the court, 18 The pins of the tabernacle, and the pins of the court, and their cords, 19 The cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office.

I.   Verse 4-19 – The call of God by Moses for the people to bring all the items necessary for the building of the tabernacle.


II.   Notice the long list of items that are required for this offering.

A.     See verse 5-9.

1.       Gold.

2.       Silver.

3.       Brass.

4.       Blue.

5.       Purple.

6.       Scarlet.

7.       Fine linen.

8.       Goats’ hair.

9.       Rams’ skin dyed red.

10.   Badgers’ skins.

11.   Shittim wood.

12.   Oil for the light.

13.   Spices for anointing oil and sweet incense.

14.   Onyx stones.

15.   Stones for the ephod and breastplate.

B.     Verse 10-19 records the list of items that must be made.

1.       The tabernacle.

2.       The tent of the tabernacle.

3.       The covering of the tabernacle.

4.       Taches.

5.       Boards.

6.       Bars.

7.       Pillars.

8.       Sockets.

9.       The Ark with the staves.

10.   Mercy seat.

11.   Vail of the covering.

12.   The table with the staves.

13.   All the vesels.

14.   Showbread.

15.   Candlestick.

16.   Furniture.

17.   Lamps.

18.   Incense altar and staves.

19.   Anointing oil and sweet incense.

20.   The hanging for the door at the entrance of the tabernacle.

21.   The altar of burnt offering with the brasen grate and staves.

22.   Vessels.

23.   The laver and his foot.

24.   Hangings of the court.

25.   Pillars.

26.   Sockets.

27.   The hanging for the door of the court.

28.   Pins of the tabernacle.

29.   Pins of the court.

30.   Cords.

31.   Cloths of service.

C.     It is very simple from looking at this list of items that Israel has a lot of work to do.

1.       It must be remembered the building of the tabernacle is not the work of Israel, but the work God commands them to do.

2.       The work is not for salvation, but because salvation is already present.

3.       The person that says they are saved yet is content to sit down and do nothing for God either does not understand what God has done for them, or they are not saved.

D.     Where did Israel get all these items?

1.       Exodus 12:35 states, “And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:”

2.       God would provide to Israel from the victory over Egypt so Israel can give a free-will offering to the Lord.

3.       Please notice again that only those willing to give would give.

4.       God would require nothing, but willingness.


Verse 20-29 – And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. 21 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. 22 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. 23 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. 24 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. 25 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. 26 And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair. 27 And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate; 28 And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense. 29 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.

I.   Verse 20-29 – The Israelites respond to the call of God and bring that which is required for the building of the tabernacle.

A.     The Israelites first went home, had time to think about what they were doing, then returned with the free will offering.

1.       There is no emotional pressure from Moses for offerings.

2.       I have seen many preachers put emotional pressure on church members for offerings.

3.       I do not agree with that kind of pressure.

4.       The kind of pressure God puts on people is much, much better than any human pressure.

B.     It is interesting to note that verse 21 mentions two times the people were “stirred”.

1.       “…every one whose heart stirred him up…”

2.       “…every one whom his spirit made willing…”

3.       These are different “stirrings”.

a.      One stirring is from within the individual.

b.      The other stirring is from the Holy Spirit of God.

c.      Both of these stirrings are necessary.

d.      God will move upon us, but we must also allow him to move within and with us.

e.      There are some folks who believe in “absolute predestination”, agreeing only that God moves.  They are wrong, of course.

f.       There are some folks who believe in “freewill of man”, agreeing only that man moves.  They are wrong, of course.

g.      The truth is: God moves, and we move.

C.     The people brought the Lord’s offering.

1.       The offering was not theirs, although it was theirs to give.

2.       We give the Lord’s tithes to him, they do not belong to us.

3.       The tithe did not belong to us before we gave it, and it doesn’t belong to us after we give it.

4.       Malachi 3:8,9 – This is why the Lord accused Israel of robbing him when they did not give him his tithes and offerings. 

D.     The purpose of the gifts.

1.       These gifts were not for Moses, although it is right for Israel to supply the material necessities of Moses and his family.

2.       These gifts are for:

a.      The work of the tabernacle of the congregation,

b.      For all his service,

c.      And for the holy garments.


II.   What the Israelites brought.

A.     Who came?

1.       Men and women.

2.       There is a work for both men and women in the service of God.

a.      Verse 23 and 24 record the gifts the men brought.

b.      Verse 25 and 26 record the gifts the women brought.

3.       When every person brings the gift God requires, the whole project is completed correctly.

B.     They brought what Moses asked.

1.       They did not bring what they considered right.

2.       They brought only what Moses asked.

3.       Moses understood what God wanted the tabernacle built out of, told the people, and it is their responsibility to bring the proper gift.

a.      Cain knew what the Lord demanded, but brought the wrong offering, and died for his error.

b.      Abel knew what the Lord demanded, brought the proper offering, and was murdered for his truth.

C.     Verse 22 – the gifts of the willing hearted men and women.

1.       Bracelets

2.       Earrings

3.       Rings

4.       Tablets

5.       Jewels of gold

6.       Every man that offered brought gold unto the Lord.

a.      There were no “poor” willing hearted Israelites.

b.      Every Israelite man that was willing hearted had gold.

c.      God provided every willing hearted person with gold, which would be returned to God as a willing offering.

d.      Each willing hearted individual who gave would receive much more from giving to the Lord, than they ever would receive by keeping the gold.

D.     Verse 23-24 – the willing offering of the men.

1.       Blue

2.       Purple

3.       Scarlet

4.       Fine linen

5.       Goats’ hair

6.       Red skins of rams

7.       Badgers’ skins

8.       Silver and brass

9.       Shittim wood

E.      Verse 24-25 – the willing offering of the women.

1.       They did spin with their hands and brought that which they had spun.

2.       Blue

3.       Purple

4.       Scarlet

5.       Fine linen

6.       The willing women brought spun goats’ hair

F.      Verse 27-28 – The willing offering of the rulers.

1.       Onyx stones

2.       Stones for the ephod and the breastplate

3.       Spice

4.       Oil for the light and the anointing oil and sweet incense

G.     Verse 29 – There is enough willing offerings for all the work of building the tabernacle, and all the things having to do with the tabernacle and the worship of God.


Verse 30-35 – 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; 31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship; 32 And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 33 And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work. 34 And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 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.

I.   Verse 30-35 – Moses sets aside Bezaleel and Aholiab for the much of the work of the tabernacle.

A.     God always provides willing workers when the project is from him.

1.       It was necessary for Bezaleel to first learn how to do the work.

2.       It is likely Bezaleel did not know the Lord was leading him in the work of the Lord until this time.

3.       Often we learn how to do something, then God reveals to us why we learned it.

B.     Bezaleel and Aholiab will not do all the work themselves.

1.       Verse 34 records that God has put into their heart to teach others to do the work.

2.       Bezaleel and Aholiab will supervise the work, making sure it is done to the specifications of God.

3.       That will be enough work for them to do.

C.     There is no pride in Bezaleel or Aholiab.

1.       The Bible records they are not only willing hearted, but also that the Spirit of God was in them.

2.       They will enjoy doing the word of God, but will never try to put themselves above Moses or any other person.

3.       People that are spirit filled will never try to overstep their God given authority, but will willing submit to whomever God puts over them.