Exodus Chapter Thirty One

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In our study of Exodus chapter thirty one, we see that the instruction of God will bring blessing into our lives.

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Exodus 31:1-5

ADONAI said to Moshe, "I have singled out B'tzal'el the son of Uri the son of Hur, of the tribe of Y'hudah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God - with wisdom, understanding and knowledge concerning every kind of artisanry. He is a master of design in gold, silver, bronze, cutting precious stones to be set, woodcarving and every other craft.

Now, God reveals the name of the master craftsman that will be in charge of the actual construction of everything for the tabernacle worship. We see that B'tzal'el was given the Holy Spirit which empowered him to think from a heavenly perspective.

Exodus 31:6-11

"I have also appointed as his assistant Oholi'av the son of Achisamakh, of the tribe of Dan. Moreover, I have endowed all the craftsmen with the wisdom to make everything I have ordered you - the tent of meeting, the ark for the testimony, the ark-cover above it, all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, the pure menorah and all its utensils, the incense altar, the altar for burnt offerings and all its utensils, the basin and its base, the garments for officiating, the holy garments for Aharon the cohen and the garments for his sons, so that they can serve in the office of cohen, the anointing oil and the incense of aromatic spices for the Holy Place: they are to make everything just as I have ordered you."

We notice the fact that only two tribes are mentioned with the craftsmen and they are Y'hudah and Dan which the names mean praise and judgement. In this we see that praising God through worship gives us revelation which gives us the ability to make proper judgements. We see that all of the craftsmen were given a heart of wisdom by God and wisdom is the ability to properly apply the words of God.

Exodus 31:12 & 13

ADONAI said to Moshe, "Tell the people of Isra'el, 'You are to observe my Shabbats; for this is a sign between me and you through all your generations; so that you will know that I am ADONAI, who sets you apart for me.

Here, we see God's instruction to keep the Shabbats and we often forget that there are several types of Shabbat. For instance, there are the festival days, the smita, and the jubilee as well as the seventh day Shabbat. We see the instruction to observe the Shabbats because they are a sign between God and His people.

Exodus 31:14 & 15

Therefore you are to keep my Shabbat, because it is set apart for you. Everyone who treats it as ordinary must be put to death; for whoever does any work on it is to be cut off from his people. On six days work will get done; but the seventh day is Shabbat, for complete rest, set apart for ADONAI. Whoever does any work on the day of Shabbat must be put to death.

We see that anyone in Israel at this time that performed work on Shabbat was to be put to death. We cannot keep Shabbat as the Torah says because there is not a temple but we can honor and observe Shabbat. If we do so, we can receive blessing from our obedience but, if we are in Yeshua Messiah, then, the penalty for not keeping Shabbat in accordance with the Torah was paid by Yeshua on the cross.

Exodus 31:16 & 17

The people of Isra'el are to keep the Shabbat, to observe Shabbat through all their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the people of Isra'el forever; for in six days ADONAI made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and rested.'"

We are reminded that the seventh day Shabbat is based on the fact that God set aside that day as being holy after He completed the work of creation. The Shabbat teaches us the kingdom principle of being saved by grace and not by works.

Exodus 31:18

When he had finished speaking with Moshe on Mount Sinai, ADONAI gave him the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.

We see the personal touch of God as He inscribed his words on two stone tablets. These instructions prepare us for service as well as putting us in a position to receive blessing from God.

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