Exodus 31 Commentary

Exodus 31 Commentary


Moses is still up on the mountain receiving instructions. This chapter begins with notes on Bezalel and Oholiab – two experts specifically chosen for the delicate and complex works on the tabernacle.

Again we have a basis here to pray for wisdom and skills to help us add value to the world around us. The LORD anointed these two for the tabernacle work.

The Sabbath law is repeated and the reason for keeping this law is underlined. For sure we all know that the resting that the LORD is talking about is much more than just respite from fatigue. The LORD wouldn’t get tired the way we do. Besides for us the Sabbaths come in between work or we take a Sabbath rest so that we are refreshed for another run of six days. For the LORD, it appears the seventh day was actually a ‘commissioning day’ – signifying completion of works and a new start for us. In a way, observing the Sabbath was a celebration of creation. But looking at it as a symbol of what the real seed would eventually fulfil makes us appreciate the deeper and largely unknown things about the Sabbath.

As we have seen the LORD is always restarting with us, giving each one of us a new page on which to write our story anew every day, a start with the LORD. Each day is commissioning day. Each day is Sabbath day. So as we observe the Sabbath day on a daily basis, we are reflecting on the completed work of the LORD Jesus. The author of the book of Hebrews relates today (every day) to Sabbath.

The handover ceremony is finalized and Moses walks away with two volumes of literature. They contain the sacred writings of the LORD – the covenant law. It has been 40 days up the fiery mountain of fire and smoke.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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