Artisans for Building the Tabernacle
1Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2#Ex. 35:30—36:1“See, I have called by name Bezalel the #1 Chr. 2:20son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3And I have #Ex. 28:3; 35:31; 1 Kin. 7:14; Eph. 1:17filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, 5in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.
6“And I, indeed I, have appointed with him #Ex. 35:34Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the #Ex. 28:3; 35:10, 35; 36:1gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7#Ex. 36:8the tabernacle of meeting, #Ex. 37:1–5the ark of the Testimony and #Ex. 37:6–9the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furniture of the tabernacle—8#Ex. 37:10–16the table and its utensils, #Ex. 37:17–24; Lev. 24:4the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, 9#Ex. 38:1–7the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and #Ex. 38:8the laver and its base— 10#Ex. 39:1, 41the garments of ministry, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests, 11#Ex. 30:23–33and the anointing oil and #Ex. 30:34–38sweet incense for the holy place. According to all that I have commanded you they shall do.”
The Sabbath Law
12And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: #Ex. 31:17; Lev. 19:3, 30; 26:2; Ezek. 20:12, 20‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who #Lev. 20:8sanctifies you. 14#Ex. 20:8; Deut. 5:12You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for #Ex. 31:15; 35:2; Num. 15:32–36; John 7:23whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15Work shall be done for #Ex. 20:9–11; Lev. 23:3; Deut. 5:12–14six days, but the #Gen. 2:2; Ex. 16:23; 20:8; 35:2seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17It is #Ex. 31:13; Ezek. 20:12a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for #Gen. 1:31; 2:2, 3; Ex. 20:11in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ ”
18And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses #(Ex. 24:12; 32:15, 16; Deut. 4:13; 5:22; 2 Cor. 3:3)two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.