Exodus

Chapter 31

"The Artificers."
"The principal, Bezaleel, of Judah. [1 - 6]"
"The Furniture. [7 - 11]"
"Six days and the Seventh. [12 - 17]"
"The Tables Given. [18]"

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location
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Exodus 31:1 "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,"

Moses has been up on mount Sinai for many days as God was giving to him the details of the tabernacle, the altars, the furniture and the clothing and holy things to be worn by the High priest and priests that serve Him. So now we will see how these instructions will be fulfilled in the building of each item.

Exodus 31:2 "See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, the tribe of Judah:"

When God has a job to do, he selects his people and places the gifts necessary for them to do the job. This is no different that what we see going on in ministries today, for Paul reminds us in Romans 12:4-6; "For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then Gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;" Some Christians are given gifts to preach, while other are prayer warriors, other have talent to sing, and other are so well blessed in wealth to support the ministry.

Well here Bezaleel, the son of Uri, or the tribe of Judah, or the seed of Abraham was given the talent to get the job done. Our Heavenly Father is telling Moses that Bezaleel has the know-how to work the gold and silver, make the garments, and work with wood to form the furniture that will be required in and for the Tabernacle.

Exodus 31:3 "And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,"

Bezaleel will be the workman and supervisor to follow the instructions that Moses is bringing down off mount Sinai. Notice that God has put His Spirit, the Holy Spirit in Bezaleel, and when God's Spirit is in you, you have the wisdom, understanding of how it is to be, and the knowledge in the manner of workmanship that God requires.

Exodus 31:4 "To devise cunning works, to work in gold and in silver, and in brass,"

Exodus 31:5 "And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship."

Exodus 31:6 "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;"

It is very important to recognize that it was God that gave the wisdom for these men to do this job. In verse two God said, "I have called", and when God calls someone to do a task, he fits that person completely for all the parts of that task. John 3:27, 28 reminds us of this; "John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven." [27] "Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him." [28] God called and sent John to bear witness, and gave him the ability to do that work.

God had given to Moses a very detailed mission to build this tabernacle, all the instruments, clothing and woodwork, and overlay it with gold, with silver work. However God also prepared Bezaleel in his mind and given him the skills for that ministry to take place. God gave Bezaleel a helper in the task, and notice also that Aholiab was from the tribe of Dan, also of the seed of Abraham. Some today would have you believe that these artificers were from Tubal-Cain, from the seed of Satan through Cain, and no Satan and the Kenites had no part in the making of these sacred items for the tabernacle of the children of Israel to worship Almighty God. When God has a mission to do, He will raise up the person to do it, and give him or her the gifts to get that job done as it should be. So every part of the Tabernacle of God, the Ark of the Covenant, and all the parts of worship will be provided by God, for our worship of Him.

Even today when we study His Word, our wisdom and knowledge only come when the Holy Spirit of God opens our minds to the truth, and gives us the understanding. Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction." The method of obtaining that knowledge of God is given to us in Proverbs 2:1-5; "My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge And liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and Searches for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, And fine knowledge of God."

Proverbs 2:6 "For the Lord giveth wisdom: Out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." The wisdom has to be there before knowledge and understanding can flow from your mouth.

God has prepared these two men, Bezaleel and Aholiab with the wisdom, and the words and workmanship from God will allow God will to be done correctly.

Exodus 31:7 "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,"

Note that there are twelve things mentioned here to be made between verses seven and eleven.

Exodus 31:8 "And the table of his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense,"

Exodus 31:9 "And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot."

Exodus 31:10 "And the clothes of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office,"

Exodus 31:11 "And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do."

Exodus 31:12 "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,"

Exodus 31:13 " "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."

The keeping of the Sabbaths is another sign between God and His children of Israel, just as it was in the manna of Exodus 16, and the giving of the law in Exodus 20. This is directed to Israel, the twelve tribes that make up the whole house of Israel, and is not directed to the church of God. When Jesus Christ came down of the cross and placed in the tomb and rose from the dead, He became our Sabbaths, and our Sabbaths or resting place is in Him all the time, every day, and moment of the day.

Exodus 31:14 "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."

Exodus 31:15 "Six day 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.' "

Exodus 31:16 "Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant."

Exodus 31:17 "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." 

Exodus 31:18 "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."

The first two tables were written by the finger of God, but the second set of tables were written in stone by Moses himself, as we will see in Exodus 34:1-4. The ten commandments are a guide for our lives, and are just as true today as they were in Moses day. They are part of the Law, and when Christ came, he fulfilled all of the ordinances in that law that pertained to blood sacrifice and ritual. Christ became that true sacrifice for one and all times. 

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