1512.) Exodus 31

31, stone tablets

Exodus 31   (NRSV)

Bezalel and Oholiab

The Lord spoke to Moses: 2See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, 4to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft. 6Moreover, I have appointed with him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have given skill to all the skillful, so that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7the tent of meeting, and the ark of the covenant, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, 8the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand, 10and the finely worked vestments, the holy vestments for the priest Aaron and the vestments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the holy place. They shall do just as I have commanded you.

God supernaturally enabled Bezalel to do the work of building the tabernacle. God saw this work as just as spiritual, and just as dependent on the Holy Spirit’s power, as the work Moses and Aaron did.  I love that!  God sees no distinction between “secular” and “sacred” when the work is done for Him!  So my making dinner at night is just as important as my getting the daily blog posting out — all is to be done as unto the Lord and for the glory of God.  As Martin Luther said (I am quoting loosely) — God is milking the cows through the vocation of the milkmaid.

Ex31 potter

Psalm 90:17 (New International Version)

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

The Sabbath Law

12The Lord said to Moses: 13You yourself are to speak to the Israelites: “You shall keep my sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, given in order that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you.

14You shall keep the sabbath, because it is holy for you; everyone who profanes it shall be put to death; whoever does any work on it shall be cut off from among the people. 15Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall be put to death. 16Therefore the Israelites shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath throughout their generations, as a perpetual covenant. 17It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”

Autumn Sunset on a little Lake in Bavaria, Germany

TAKE THE TIME to observe a Sabbath regularly, to worship, to turn your eyes to Christ and what he has said and done, to read and study and meditate on the Word of God, to pray prayers of praise and thanksgiving and intercession for others and for the work of the Kingdom of God.  Do not get so involved in your own busy-ness that, as David Guzik says, you let the work you are doing for Jesus seem more important than the work Jesus did for you.

Mark 2:27 (New Living Translation)

Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.”

The Two Tablets of the Covenant

Proverbs 7:1-3 (English Standard Version)

My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.

31. Ratner tablets

18When God finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

Some suggest that these were two identical copies.  Consistent with ancient Near Eastern suzerainty treaties, one copy belonged to each treaty partner and the copies were housed in the respective sanctuaries. The ark was both the focal point of Israel’s sanctuary and the special dwelling place of God.  Hence, both copies were placed in the ark.  (The Reformation Bible)



“We need to hear, hear from you, ’cause if we don’t hear, we won’t know what we should do . . . “ The Brooklyn Tabernacle Deliverance Mass Choir sings “Speak, Lord, and We Will Obey,” featuring Rhonda Copeland.  HERE  it is.  Get ready!


The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
Two tablets at Mt. Sinai.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/31-stone-tablets.jpg
hands working with clay.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/9ef36-potter.jpg
call the sabbath a delight.    http://avirtuouswoman.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/sabbath.jpg
Ratner.  http://www.ratnermuseum.com/includes/images/photos/bible/bible-25.jpg

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