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Exodus - Chapter 35

Bible Study Notes

Exodus 35:1-3 Moses spoke to the people and told them the Sabbath regulations, work six days, and rest on the seventh which is holy to the Lord. Work on the seventh day and you shall be put to death. No fires shall be kindled on the seventh day.

Exodus 35:4-19 Moses tells the people that those with a generous heart to bring a contribution of the materials needed to build the tabernacle and other objects. He invites all the skilled craftsman (those touched prompted by God) to come and to make everything needed for the Holy place.

Exodus 35:20-29 The children of Israel did as Moses commanded all those who were moved to do so, both men and women. All the men and women skilled in making things came forth and did so. They brought everything as a freewill offering to the Lord.

Exodus 35:30-35 Moses told the children of Israel that God has called specifically by name, Bezalel the son of Ur, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with Holy Spirit, with skill, intelligence, knowledge, and all craftsmanship, to devise designs and to work with the metals and stones and wood. God has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan others capable to do the work under them. The Lord gave them the skill to engrave, design, embroider, and weaver to make all thing necessary for the Holy place.

Notes: In this section, the Israelites constructed the tabernacle as God so prescribed in 25:1–31:18. This time, however, an extra admonition forbids the making of a fire on the Sabbath. The Lord also gave the two named craftsmen skill in teaching their trades. This substantiates that they were most probably the supervisors or leaders of the construction teams.

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