by James Merritt

Dr. James Merritt
Exodus 35


1. If God can speak and a sun begins to shine and a
moon begins to glow, and stars begin to twinkle and
planets begin to rotate, surely God could build
platforms, churches, and tabernacles.

2. The only thing that God has ever built without the
help of human hands, is the universe we live in. Ever
since creation God has never acted alone. He created
the world for us, but He builds nothing without us.

3. In Exodus 35 we see how God asked Israel for money
and materials to build the tabernacle.

"And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the
children of Israel, saying, 'This is the thing which
the Lord commanded, saying:
'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: gold, silver, and bronze;
All who are skillful among you shall come and
make all that the Lord has commanded:
the tabernacle, its tent, its covering, its
clasps, its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its
sockets...'" (vv. 4-5, 10-11)

Now we know that God needed neither the money nor the
materials. He could have just spoken and a tabernacle
would have sprung up.

4. I'm reminded of the story of a lady named Marie
who had turned 90 years of age, and she decided she
could no longer go out and shop for Christmas gifts so
she would just send checks to her best friends and her
family. Since she wanted her loved ones to buy their
gifts before Christmas she worked to get everything in
the mail early. She wrote out a Christmas card to all
of them and at the bottom of each card she simply
wrote: "Buy your own present - Merry Christmas." She
finished all of the cards, took them to the post
office, and thought to herself, "Now I can really
enjoy the Christmas Season."

5. Well after Christmas was over she began to clean
off her desk that had gotten clutter ...

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