The Sabbath begins. Take up a collection. Skilled artisans needed. A collection motivated by joy. Two Master craftsmen.
VERSE 1. Moses assembled all the congregation of the children of Israel, and said to them, “These are the words which the LORD has commanded, that you should do them.
These are the words … that you should do. In those days, the faith was not something to merely agree to. Rather, it was to be acted upon.
We Christians say salvation is by faith. Yet the New Testament calls us to put our faith into action. Otherwise our faith is worthless. Read more »
VERSE 2. ‘Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of solemn rest to the LORD: whoever does any work in it shall be put to death.
a Sabbath of solemn rest. The Sabbath was to be a day of rest.
In our day some Christians complain that few Christians have their Sunday be like the Sabbath.
However, the same people usually drive their cars and go to stores. In essence, they expect other Christians to NOT keep the “Sunday” as a Sabbath.
VERSE 3. You shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations on the Sabbath day.’ ”
VERSE 4. Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying,
VERSE 5. ‘Take from among you an offering to the LORD. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the LORD’s offering: gold, silver, bronze,
Whoever is of a willing heart. People should not contribute out of obligation. Rather, God loves a cheerful giver. Read more »
VERSE 6. blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair,
VERSE 7. rams’ skins dyed red, sea cow hides, acacia wood,
VERSE 8. oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense,
VERSE 9. onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate.
and make. The human ability to make physical things is highly prized.
In our day, many Christians don’t realize it, but they are dualists:
- They consider “spiritual” to be “good”
- They consider “physical” to be “bad”
However, that is not a biblical perspective. Across the biblical narrative, “physical” is always portrayed as important.
VERSE 11. the tabernacle, its outer covering, its roof, its clasps, its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets;
VERSE 12. the ark, and its poles, the mercy seat, the veil of the screen;
VERSE 13. the table with its poles and all its vessels, and the show bread;
VERSE 14. the lamp stand also for the light, with its vessels, its lamps, and the oil for the light;
VERSE 15. and the altar of incense with its poles, the anointing oil, the sweet incense, the screen for the door, at the door of the tabernacle;
VERSE 16. the altar of burnt offering, with its grating of bronze, its poles, and all its vessels, the basin and its base;
VERSE 17. the hangings of the court, its pillars, their sockets, and the screen for the gate of the court;
VERSE 18. the pins of the tabernacle, the pins of the court, and their cords;
VERSE 19. the finely worked garments for ministering in the holy place—the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons—to minister in the priest’s office.’ ”
VERSE 20. All the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.
VERSE 21. They came, everyone whose heart stirred him up, and everyone whom his spirit made willing, and brought the LORD’s offering for the work of the Tent of Meeting, and for all of its service, and for the holy garments.
everyone whose heart stirred him up. God called Moses to take up a freewill collection from among the people.
People should not contribute out of obligation. Rather, God loves a cheerful giver. Read more »
VERSE 22. They came, both men and women, as many as were willing-hearted, and brought brooches, earrings, signet rings, and armlets, all jewels of gold; even every man who offered an offering of gold to the LORD.
both men and women. Everyone donated their skills, both men and women.
VERSE 23. Everyone with whom was found blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair, rams’ skins dyed red, and sea cow hides, brought them.
VERSE 24. Everyone who offered an offering of silver and bronze brought the LORD’s offering; and everyone with whom was found acacia wood for any work of the service, brought it.
VERSE 25. All the women who were wise-hearted spun with their hands, and brought that which they had spun: the blue, the purple, the scarlet, and the fine linen.
VERSE 26. All the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun the goats’ hair.
VERSE 27. The rulers brought the onyx stones and the stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate;
VERSE 28. with the spice and the oil for the light, for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.
VERSE 29. The children of Israel brought a free will offering to the LORD; every man and woman whose heart made them willing to bring for all the work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by Moses.
VERSE 30. Moses said to the children of Israel, “Behold, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.
Bezalel the son of Uri. We first encountered him in Exodus chapter 31:
Exodus 31:2. “Behold, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.
Bezalel is of the tribe of Judah.
Moses receives the instructions from God But Bezalel made it happen. Judah makes things happen.
VERSE 31. He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship;
VERSE 32. and to make skillful works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze,
VERSE 33. in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all kinds of skillful workmanship.
VERSE 34. He has put in his heart that he may teach, both he and Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.
that he may teach. The ability to teach others is highly prized.
Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach. We first encountered him in Exodus chapter 31:
Exodus 31:6. Behold, I myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the heart of all who are wise-hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded you:
He is of the tribe of Dan.
VERSE 35. He has filled them with wisdom of heart to work all kinds of workmanship, of the engraver, of the skillful workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of those who do any workmanship, and of those who make skillful works.
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