This section begins with a repetition of the commandment to observe the Sabbath day on the seventh day of each week. It continues with Moses instructing the people to donate any materials they may have, which would be suitable for constructing the Tabernacle in accordance with the instructions he had received from God. As the Israel Bible points out, the Tabernacle was intended to foster a deep connection between God and the people. Those who donated were moved by this lofty purpose. The people were generous to a fault, and eventually Moses had to command them to stop bringing gifts.
Moses asked for more than just material donations. He called upon those whose hearts moved them to take part in the construction of the Tabernacle, as well. The women wove fabric and the men served as artisans under the direction of Bezalel and his assistant, Oholiab. God filled their hearts with the wisdom needed to do the work.
Virtual Classroom Discussion
The text states that “every man” who was motivated (and from the rest of the story, it is apparent that is most, if not all, the people of Israel) brought what was needed for the Tabernacle, but singles out the leaders of the community as having brought the stones for the breastplate and Ephod. Why do you think they were singled out, and the details of their contribution mentioned specifically?