[Linux4christians] Thursday - Exodus 31
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31:1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 31:2 "See, I have chosen Bezalel son of
Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31:3 and I have filled him
with the Spirit of God in skill, in understanding, in knowledge, and in
all kinds of craftsmanship, 31:4 to make artistic designs for work with
gold, with silver, and with bronze, 31:5 and with cutting and setting
stone, and with cutting wood, to work in all kinds of craftsmanship.
31:6 Moreover, I have also given him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the
tribe of Dan, and I have given ability to all the specially skilled,
that they may make everything I have commanded you: 31:7 the tent of
meeting, the ark of the testimony, the atonement lid that is on it, all
the furnishings of the tent, 31:8 the table with its utensils, the pure
lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, 31:9 the altar
for the burnt offering with all its utensils, the large basin with its
base, 31:10 the woven garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest
and the garments for his sons, to minister as priests, 31:11 the
anointing oil, and sweet incense for the Holy Place. They will make all
these things just as I have commanded you."
31:12 The Lord said to Moses, 31:13 "Tell the Israelites, 'Surely you
must keep my Sabbaths, for it is a sign between me and you throughout
your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies
you. 31:14 So you must keep the Sabbath, for it is holy for you.
Everyone who defiles it must surely be put to death; indeed, if anyone
does any work on it, then that person will be cut off from among his
people. 31:15 Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day is a
Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; anyone who does work on the
Sabbath day must surely be put to death. 31:16 The Israelites must keep
the Sabbath by observing the Sabbath throughout their generations as a
perpetual covenant. 31:17 It is a sign between me and the Israelites
forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on
the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'"
31:18 He gave Moses two tablets of testimony when he had finished
speaking with him on Mount Sinai, tablets of stone written by the finger
Lord, with whatever gifts You have given me, please allow me to humbly
serve You in any way that You choose.
After the Lord God instructed Moses as to what He wanted done He then
identified those whom He had prepared to do it; in this case it was
Bezalel, the son of Hur, /"I have filled him with the Spirit of God in
skill, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of
craftsmanship," /and /"Oholiab son of Ahisamach ... I have given ability
to all the specially skilled"/ [The latter phrase perhaps better
rendered "specialty skills"?]
The Lord then re-emphasized the importance of the Sabbath in the OT
covenant with the Israelites "/Six days work may be done, but on the
seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord ..."/
He continued with an explanation as to why the Sabbath was holy "/It is
a sign between me and the Israelites forever; for in six days the Lord
made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was
It is important to note the NET translators clarification that "rested"
refers to the cessation of the original unique Creation, not because God
was tired, nor that He never acted upon His Creation again. It is also
important to note that "was refreshed" may be better rendered with an
eye toward the Creation-phrase "And He saw that it was good." [See Gen.
1:4, 31, 2:1-3]
And with the lengthy completion of His instructions to Moses "/He gave
Moses two tablets of testimony when he had finished speaking with him on
Mount Sinai, tablets of stone written by the finger of God."/
The Lord God gives gifts for His purposes, not ours.
How exciting would it be to know that God had given to you specific
gifts for such a special purpose as the construction of the tabernacle
and the manufacture of the robes and furniture and utensils?
Reflect on this:
While God has given us the ability to be creative we do not Create in
the same original way that He did. Man labored then, as now, under the
terms of the curse of the Fall. God's insistence that they cease from
those labors one day each week was to keep them from becoming slaves to
the world with no time for Him.
When have you experienced God using the gifts that He gave to you?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you are using God's gifts to His
purposes and glory and where you are either failing to use those gifts
or are misusing them to some worldly purpose.
Today I will celebrate the way(s) that God has and is using the gifts He
gave me. I will also commit to partner with the Holy Spirit, and a
prayerful accountability partner, to cease from using His gifts to my
glory or that of anyone or anything other than Him.
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Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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