“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8
When the people traveled through the desert, YHWH desired to dwell among them. They had to make the tabernacle for that. YHWH gave Moses detailed instructions for the construction of the tabernacle. But where did the materials come from? We read it in a.o. Exodus 35.
The materials for the tabernacle were offered as sacrifices by the people. But it was important that these sacrifices were offered voluntarily. They could only sacrifice for the house of YHWH if it was from the heart.
“Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass (…) And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.” Exodus 35:5, 21
Offers that were not from the heart were worth nothing. They were not used to build the house of YHWH.
House, tabernacle, temple refer to our mind and heart (1). When His thoughts become our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8), His “house” becomes our “house.” And also this “house” can only be built from a “willing heart”. How do we “build” His house, His mind? We “build” His house if we build it on the Rock of Yeshua (Matthew 7, 1 Corinthians 10:4), if the foundation of our mind and heart is His words of truth (John 17:17). Fill your heart and mind with the truth of His Word, and then His “house” will be built in you.
But: this is voluntary as well. To be able to build His “house,” we must voluntarily sacrifice from our heart. What then should we sacrifice from our heart? To be able to fill our heart with His truth we must sacrifice to Him the lies and delusions from man that are in our heart, and which we may want to hold onto. It only has value if we voluntarily sacrifice it to Him. That is a sacrifice He desires (Psalm 51:19) (2)
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7