The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.
Exodus 25:1-8 (NIV)
For 400 years the Jews had been slaves in Egypt, their suffering was intensified when Joseph died. God sent Moses and brought them out. God had to give these emancipate slaves a focus, direction, and priorities. And what God had as number one was offering to make a tabernacle for Him so that He might dwell among them. He knew that without His in-dwelling presence among them, nothing will work. Allow God to help you set priorities, and number one must be His presence. Yours in Christ.