God had given Moses the specifications for the construction of the tabernacle. It was time to put His words into action. Whenever there is work to do, it is necessary to procure workmen and materials to accomplish the job. Earlier, God had selected two men with special skills to be His main craftsmen.
A call was issued throughout the camp for the needed materials for the tabernacle. When God’s people are asked for support for a specific need, they usually respond favorably. The response of the Israelites for a free-will offering was very generous. It became necessary for Moses to ask that they stop giving, “for the material they had was sufficient for the work to be done—indeed too much.”