The skilful sanctuary workers (Ex 31:1-31:11)

“Yahweh spoke to Moses. ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.  I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, with knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft.  Moreover, I have appointed with him Oholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  I have given skill to all the skillful workers, so that they may make all that I have commanded you.  That is the tent of meeting, the Ark of the Covenant, the mercy seat that is on it, all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, the pure lamp stand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, the basin with its stand, the finely worked vestments, the holy vestments for the priest Aaron and the vestments  of his sons, for their service as priests, the anointing oil, and the fragrant incense for the holy place.   They shall do as I have commanded you.’”

Yahweh chose certain people to do certain holy work.  The one craftsman for the artistic designs is Bezalel, son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, who was filled with the divine spirit, as well as ability, intelligence, and knowledge in very kind of craft.  He is a master craftsman.  There is no indication of how he learned these skills. However Yahweh gives skills.  The other appointed one was Oholiab, son of Abisamach, of the tribe of Dan, who was to make all the things that God had commanded.  Notice they are already in tribes.

They build, sew, and prepare all the things mentioned above:

1)      the tent of meeting;

2)      the Ark of the Covenant;

3)      the mercy seat;

4)      all the furnishings of the tent;

5)      the table and its utensils;

6)      the pure lamp stand with all its utensils;

7)      the altar of incense;

8)      the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils;

9)      the basin with its stand;

10)  the finely worked vestments;

11)  the holy vestments for the priest Aaron and his sons;

12)  the anointing oil;

13)  the fragrant incense for the holy place.   .

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