Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:
Exodus 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel that they bring me an offering; and there was all the reason in the world that they should, for (v. 1),
- It was God himself that had not only enlarged them, but enriched them with the spoils of the Egyptians. He had instructed them to borrow, and he had inclined the Egyptians to lend, so that from him they had their wealth, and therefore it was fit they should devote it to him and use it for him, and thus make a grateful acknowledgement of the favours they had received. Note, First, The best use we can make of our worldly wealth is to honour God with it in works of piety and charity. Secondly, When we have been blessed with some remarkable success in our affairs, and have had, as we say, a good turn, it may be justly expected that we should do something more than ordinary for the glory of God, consecrating our gain, in some reasonable proportion of it, to the Lord of the whole earth, Mic. 4:13.
- The sanctuary that was to be built was intended for their benefit and comfort, and therefore they must be at the expense of it. They had been unworthy of the privilege if they had grudged at the charge. They might well afford to offer liberally for the honour of God, while they lived at free quarters, having food for themselves and their families rained upon them daily from heaven. We also must own that we have our all from God’s bounty, and therefore ought to use all for his glory. Since we live upon him, we must live to him.
(Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary, Vol. 1, (McLean, VA: MacDonald Publishing Company, nd.), p. 382)