Exodus 36:1-7 – Least Preached Text Ever?

I was listening to my audio Bible not too long ago, and I wanted to post on this, but forgot until today.  It occurred to me that this might be one of the least preached texts ever.

1 Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful one to whom the Lord has given skill and understanding to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.
2 Moses then called Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful one to whom the Lord had given skill, everyone whose heart was stirred to come to do the work; 3 and they received from Moses all the freewill offerings that the Israelites had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, 4 so that all the artisans who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task being performed, 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” 6 So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing; 7 for what they had already brought was more than enough to do all the work.

So have you ever heard a sermon on this text?  “Folks, you know what?  You’ve actually brought in more of an offering than we really need.  You can go ahead and stop bringing offerings for now.  We’ll let you know when you need to start up again.”  Bet this doesn’t make into many people’s canon within a canon.  But, if it does I bet it gets flipped.  “These people gave more than was needed and look at you, you sorry bunch.  You all need to start bringing in more for your offerings!!!”

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3 Replies to “Exodus 36:1-7 – Least Preached Text Ever?”

  1. Well, not in this life time, although I have to say that at our local church, we are told what we need and a goal is set. Some continuously beg.

  2. Another thing is this is really about offerings…and so doesn’t play with the popular emphasis on tithing, making it even less likely to be mentioned.

    Though one would think an emphasis on giving and generosity and God’s graciousness would do more than a sermon on tithing would…many pastors seem worried that taking the emphasis off tithing towards generosity will have negative implications for the budget.


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