Dave Burnette's Commentary

Exodus Chapter 31 


Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: The Record of God's Deliverance of Israel (c 1-40)
Theme: Israel at Sinai (c 19-40)
Message: Craftsman Given Special Skill (v 1-18)

Exodus 31 Commentary

(31:1-11) God Gives His People Skills - God takes pleasure in the skills of all his people, not merely those with theological training or ministerial abilities. Our tendency in the church is to show regard only to those who are up front and in leadership roles. God gave Bezaleel and Aholiab Spirit-filled abilities in artistic craftsmanship. Take notice of all the abilities God gives his people. Don't diminish your skills if they are not like Moses' and Aaron's.

(31:12-17) The Sabbath - The Sabbath had two purposes: It was a time to rest and a time to remember what God had done. We need rest. Without time away from the bustle, life loses its meaning. In our day, as in Moses day, taking time to rest is not easy. But God reminds us that without Sabbaths we will forget the purpose for all our activity and lose the balance crucial to a faithful life. Make sure your Sabbath provides a time of refreshment and remembrance of God.

(31:18) The 10 Commandments - The two stone tablets contained the Ten Commandments. This was not the only code of laws in the ancient world. Other law codes had come into existence when cities or nations decided that there must be standards of judgment, ways to correct specific wrongs. But God's laws for Israel were unique in at least three ways: (1) They alleviated the harsh judgments typical of the day; (2) they were egalitarian- the poor and the powerful received the same punishment; and (3) they did not separate religious and social law. All law rested on God's authority.d, writes his will in the heart, (2Co 3:3).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Remembering the Sabbath

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Exodus with Chapter 31 and in today's text we see the special skills the Lord gives us to provide for our families and to express our love toward the Lord. Then the Lord gives us a Sabbath so we will rest and remember what God has done for us and what He has done in our lives. Now as far as the law Jesus fulfilled the Sabbath so we are not bound to how many steps we take or harvesting grain but in making application and looking at the Sabbath we see the principle still are the same. Taking a day a rest to Worship renews our bodies and our minds making us more productive. This rest and focus give us time to refocus on what the Lord is doing in our lives plus shows our families the importance of worship. We cant go wrong when we obey instruction from our Lord, since He made us, He then knows what is best for us so it would wise to obey. How about you? Do you take a day to Worship, rest, and reflect on who the Lord is and what He is doing in our lives? Let us learn from today's text remembering the Sabbath to grow closer to the Lord.


Exodus 31

Exodus 31

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

 3And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

 4To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

 5And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

 6And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;

 7The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle,

 8And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense,

 9And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot,

 10And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office,

 11And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.

 12And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 13Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

 14Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

 15Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

 16Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

 17It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

 18And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.