The people give the largest offering ever received at one time to provide for the building of the tabernacle, a dwelling place for God:
1. Bracelets, earrings, rings, and gold jewelry are freely given (v. 22).
2. Skins from goats, rams, and badgers are given, along with offerings of colored linen and cloth (v. 23).
3. Silver, brass, and shittim wood are freely provided (v. 24).
4. The women spin blue, purple, and scarlet linen (v. 25).
5. The wealthy rulers bring gemstones for the breastplate (v. 27).
6. Others provide spices and oil for the light, the anointing oil, and the incense (v. 28).
This offering should be a spiritual example showing us that all believers can give something for the work of the ministry. No gift is too large or too small. Large quantities of gold are required for the sacred furniture, but simple linen also is necessary to clothe the priests. Thus, both types of gifts are needed and of great importance. This is the only offering where the minister finally said, “Stop giving, we have more than enough” (see Exod. 36:5-6).