Exodus 31 : Craftsmen and Sabbaths

February 20, 2024 ·

Summary:
Two craftsmen, Bezalel and Oholiab, are chosen by God to create all the items described in the previous chapters.

God instructs Moses to remind his people to observe the Sabbath, emphasizing that God created the earth in six days and rested on the seventh.

God provides Moses with two tablets inscribed with His commandments.

Key verse:
3. and I have filled him with theSpirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship,

My thoughts:
Bezalel is the first individual specifically mentioned as being filled with the Spirit of God, indicating that his craftsmanship was a spiritual gift. While not the first mention of the Spirit in the Old Testament (see Genesis 1:2), this instance illustrates that even before Jesus, the Spirit actively filled people and endowed them with spiritual gifts.

This concludes God’s instructions to Moses, primarily concerning the construction and furnishing of the Tabernacle. Anticipate the nearly verbatim repetition from Chapters 36 to 39.

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