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1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

6 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;

7 The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle,

8 And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense,

9 And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot,

10 And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office,

11 And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.

12 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Commentary for Exodus 31

Bezaleel and Aholiab are appointed and qualified for the work of the tabernacle. (1-11) The observance of the sabbath. (12-17) Moses receives the tables of the law. (18)1-11 The Israelites, who had been masons and bricklayers in Egypt, were not qualified for curious workmanship; but the Spirit who gave the apostles utterance in divers tongues, miraculously gave Bezaleel and Aholiab the skill that was wanting. The honour which comes from God, is always attended with a work to be done; to be employed for God is high honour. Those whom God calls to any service, he will find or make fit for it. The Lord gives different gifts to different persons; let each mind his proper work, diligently remembering that whatever wisdom any one possesses, the Lord put it in the heart, to do his commandments.

12-17 Orders were now given that a tabernacle should be set up for the service of God. But they must not think that the nature of the work, and the haste that was required, would justify them in working at it on sabbath days. The Hebrew word /shabath/ signifies rest, or ceasing from labour. The thing signified by the sabbath is that rest in glory which remains for the people of God; therefore the moral obligation of the sabbath must continue, till time is swallowed up in eternity.

18 The law was written in tables of stone, to show how lasting it is: to denote likewise the hardness of our hearts; one might more easily write on stone, than write any thing good on our corrupt natural hearts. It was written with the finger of God; by his will and power. God only can write his law in the heart: he gives a heart of flesh; then, by his Spirit, which is the finger of God, writes his will in the heart, #2Co 3:3|.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Exodus 31

  • Bruce
    Chuck: The Blood of Christ is for all who seek Him. We can't condemn someone. Those in Christ show love and compassion they help guide and teach to bring others into the kingdom(Not like what others post). Fruit of The Spirit: Galatians 5:22/Called:John 6:44/Forgiving:1John 1:9/Washed Revelation1:5/ you will be Baptized with The Holy Ghost:Matthew 3:11/ Made new:2Corinthians 5:17. You will know!
  • A disciple
    "It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed." The LORD puts a difference between His people and the rest of the world; and the holy things which are for signs between Him and His people are not for any stranger to meddle in. As we let our light shine before all, yet we are hidden.
  • A disciple
    Chuck; Is that how you think the Lord deals with you? Why then do you cut to pieces a brother and sister? The Sword of the Spirit has two edges; and is given for spiritual battle against principalities and powers of the rulers of the darkness of this age. Too many NEW Believers inexperienced, proud and unloving, in zeal without knowledge,
  • A disciple
    " I have called by name Bezaleel...I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to devise cunning works...and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;" All wisdom, understanding and skill comes from God's Spirit that He puts in us! See John 1:3-4
  • Chuck
    the sabbath cannot redeem you from hell or jesus blood
    you are a lost legalist religionist who have a woks salvation
    this is scripture to back up what i am saying.
    colossians 2-16 let no man judge you in meat or in drink
    or in respect of an holy day,or a new moon,or of the
    sabbath.revelation 1-10 john was in the spirit on the
    lords day does not say sabbath, the early church
    broke bread 1st day.
  • Rhonda Baker
    We are to keep the Sabbath!! Sabbath is Friday sunset to Saturday sunset ...not Sunday!!!
  • Paul Mitchell
    Sabbath is only for the children of Israel
  • Ann
    The Sabbath is Saturday, the last day of the week of the Jewish calendar, and begins on Friday at sundown and goes until Saturday at sundown. The worship on Sunday began as a pagan day of worship of the sun god-Baal. The Roman church picked Sun-Day as the day of worship to appeal to what the pagans were already doing on the day set aside to worship the sun-Baal.

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