: Old Testament Stories

After God had given the Ten Commandments, He called Moses up into the

mountain; where he remained forty days and forty nights. During that

time, God told him to speak to the Israelites, asking them to give

gold, silver, brass, blue, purple, fine linen, oil, precious stones,

and other things, to make a tabernacle or sanctuary, where God would

dwell among them. God showed Moses the pattern of this tabernacle,

with its co
erings, its holy place and most holy place, its ark of the

covenant with the cherubims and mercy-seat, its table for the

shewbread, golden candlestick, and altar of incense, and the garments

for Aaron and his sons, etc.; everything was accurately described by

God. Then God instructed Moses as to who could do the work He had

commanded to be done, and named two to whom He had given special

wisdom and skill: these two were Bezaleel and Aholiab.

When Moses came down from the mountain he called Aaron and all the

people of Israel, and told them what God had commanded. The people

willingly brought gifts, till more than enough was provided. Then

Bezaleel and Aholiab, and other wise-hearted men, worked diligently

until the tabernacle and all things belonging to it were made exactly

as God had instructed. Some worked in gold and silver, others in brass

and wood; wise women spun cloth of blue, purple and scarlet, and fine

linen; precious stones were set for the high priest's ephod and

breastplate; and, at last, all was finished. Then we are told "Moses

did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the Lord

had commanded." Then Moses blessed them.