Homilies on Genesis and Exodus

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HOMILY XIII
On those objects which are offered for the tabernacle

WE HAVE ALREADY INDEED PREVIOUSLY SPOKEN about the tabernacle as we were able, but the description is often repeated in the book of Exodus. It is related both when God commanded Moses how it ought to be made and again when Moses commanded the people to present the materials for the work's construction, as contained in the text just read to us. But also afterwards the individual objects are enumerated when they are prepared by Beseleel and other wise men, and again when they are brought before Moses, and again when they are dedicated by the command of the Lord. Moreover these things are mentioned also in other books or passages and are frequently repeated because of what they necessarily bring to mind.

Now, therefore, that passage has been read to us where it says, "And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel saying, 'This is the word which the Lord has commanded, saying: "Take from yourselves an offering for the Lord. Let everyone who has understood in his heart bring the firstfruits to the Lord: gold, silver, bronze, blue, purple, scarlet doubled, twisted linen, goat's hair, rams' skins dyed red, blue colored skins, wood not subject to decay, sardian stones, and stones for sculpture on the cape and robe. And let everyone wise in heart among you come and prepare everything which the Lord has commanded." ' "1

In the first place, when I consider and examine myself, I am Chagrined to attempt and explanation of this. For I fear that even if the Lord should see fit to reveal it to anyone-I have not dared to speak on my own-I fear, I say, and have grave

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Ex 35.4-10.

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