ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 153

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anointing oil, and the fragrant incense. So the people of I­ srael—­every man
and woman who was eager to help in the work the Lord had given them
through M
­ oses—­brought their gifts and gave them freely to the Lord.
Then Moses told the people of Israel, “The Lord has specifically chosen
Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. The Lord has
filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and
expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting
gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft. And the
Lord has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of
Dan, the ability to teach their skills to others. The Lord has given them
special skills as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple, and
scarlet thread on fine linen cloth, and weavers. They excel as craftsmen
and as designers.
“The Lord has gifted Bezalel, Oholiab, and the other skilled craftsmen
with wisdom and ability to perform any task involved in building the sanctuary. Let them construct and furnish the Tabernacle, just as the Lord has
So Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and all the others who were
specially gifted by the Lord and were eager to get to work. Moses gave
them the materials donated by the people of Israel as sacred offerings for
the completion of the sanctuary. But the people continued to bring additional gifts each morning. Finally the craftsmen who were working on the
sanctuary left their work. They went to Moses and reported, “The people
have given more than enough materials to complete the job the Lord has
commanded us to do!”
So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout
the camp: “Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough!” So the people stopped bringing their sacred offerings. Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole
The skilled craftsmen made ten curtains of finely woven linen for the Tabernacle. Then Bezalel decorated the curtains with blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and with skillfully embroidered cherubim. All ten curtains were
exactly the same ­size—42 feet long and 6 feet wide. Five of these curtains
were joined together to make one long curtain, and the other five were
joined to make a second long curtain. He made fifty loops of blue yarn
and put them along the edge of the last curtain in each set. The fifty loops
along the edge of one curtain matched the fifty loops along the edge of
the other curtain. Then he made fifty gold clasps and fastened the long

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