The breach of contract that God’s people found themselves in led to a very serious wake-up call. They needed to re-establish their relationship with the Lord so when Moses relayed the instructions that God had given to him about building the tabernacle, everyone listened carefully and followed God’s instructions with great attention to detail. The tabernacle was to be an exceptionally special place where God met with His people and it was designed to be portable too. I love how the phrase, “all who were willing” is used several times to describe how people gave specific supplies and services. People gave from a willing heart to the extent that Moses had to say, “enough!”
Everything that was required to build the tabernacle had been received. Moses inspected all the work they had accomplished. They had done just as the Lord commanded. Then Moses blessed them. Oh, the joy of knowing that you have done a job well. The glory of the Lord then filled the tabernacle and that concludes the blessings from the book of Exodus, the Story of God’s people rescued from the Pharaoh of Egypt to live life in a relationship with the God of the universe.
God has already blessed mankind immensely but there are a whole lot of blessings yet to come, and some of those blessings will depend on the faithfulness to the work God gave the Israelites to do. One of my jobs after my enlistment in the Marine Corps and before getting married, was to help people better understand their electric bills. My workdays were spent tethered to a phone line looking up records on microfiche, seeking to find resolutions to electric questions that were most commonly asked in the form of a complaint. Over the year I spent at Consumer’s Power Company, I received several “people pleaser” awards as satisfied customers expressed gratitude for my service. Things like those are fun to get as they can represent doing your job to the best of your ability. God too has rewards in store for His faithful ones. Will we one day hear God say to us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”? That hinges on whether or not we have lived a life of faithfully serving Him.