Exodus 31* Bezaleel and Aholiab are appointed and qualified for the workof the tabernacle. (1-11) The observance of the sabbath. (12-17)Moses receives the tables of the law. (18)1-11 The Israelites, who had been masons and bricklayers inEgypt, were not qualified for curious workmanship; but theSpirit who gave the apostles utterance in divers tongues,miraculously gave Bezaleel and Aholiab the skill that waswanting. The honour which comes from God, is always attendedwith a work to be done; to be employed for God is high honour.Those whom God calls to any service, he will find or make fitfor it. The Lord gives different gifts to different persons; leteach mind his proper work, diligently remembering that whateverwisdom any one possesses, the Lord put it in the heart, to dohis commandments. 12-17 Orders were now given that a tabernacle should be set upfor the service of God. But they must not think that the natureof the work, and the haste that was required, would justify themin working at it on sabbath days. The Hebrew word /shabath/signifies rest, or ceasing from labour. The thing signified bythe sabbath is that rest in glory which remains for the peopleof God; therefore the moral obligation of the sabbath mustcontinue, till time is swallowed up in eternity. 18 The law was written in tables of stone, to show how lastingit is: to denote likewise the hardness of our hearts; one mightmore easily write on stone, than write any thing good on ourcorrupt natural hearts. It was written with the finger of God;by his will and power. God only can write his law in the heart:he gives a heart of flesh; then, by his Spirit, which is thefinger of God, writes his will in the heart, #2Co 3:3|.
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