The Holy Spirit empowered Bezalel and Oholiab
for their task of shaping the tabernacle in Exodus 31:1-5 and 35:30-35.
Kuyper appealed to the accounts of the artisans Bezalel and Oholiab
in Exodus 31:1-6 and 35:30-35 and of arable production in Isaiah 28:23-29 in support of his claim that God is the source of all artistic craft and skill and of all knowledge and insight in agriculture.
Calvin College education professor Ron Sjoerdsma provides the biblical narrative of Bezalel and Oholiab
(Exodus 35) as a paradigm.
And so the Ark of the Covenant was constructed by the Israelites headed by Bezalel and Oholiab
following the design and specifications as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Like Bezalel, Oholiab
, and the other men tapped by Moses to build the Tabernacle, he was moved by a higher power.
(21) Additional candidates for inclusion in some Agarnbenic Community would seem to be the master-craftsmen Bezalel, overseer of the construction of the tabernacle and its contents, and his designated assistant, Oholiab
. Both are accomplished multi-taskers with "the skill to do any work--of the carver, the designer, the embroiderer ..." etc.
Moses (Exodus 3:5) describes Bezalel and Oholiab
as skilled in "embroidering, the making of variegated cloth of violet, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen thread, weaving, and all other arts and crafts".
(23.) In Shmoth (Exodus 31:35-6), God speaking to Moses, says of Bezalel, whose name means "in the image of God," that he (and the master craftsman Oholiab
) should be chosen to build the Ark and other holy objects for the Tent of God's Presence because he has Khabod, that is, chuchmah (wisdom), binah (understanding), and da'ath (knowledge).
The pages about the Spirit work of Bezalel and Oholiab
may be the most important in the book.
For one biblical affirmation of that claim, read the account of Bezalel and Oholiab
And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab
the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan.
God chose Bezalel and Oholiab
as chief craftsmen for the tabernacle (Ex.