The last two chapters of Exodus 29 and 30 were more interesting because they contained more crazy than prior chapters. In Exodus 29 and 30, God handed down more commands, but many of them were simply ridiculous. Let’s see what Chapter 31 brings us. It begins with God choosing Bezalel and Oholiab and filling them with His Spirit (that’s what they called it in biblical times, LOL!) so they can build the things God has commanded.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths.’’” – Exodus 31:12-13
Also one of the commandments God previously gave the Israelites, but one nearly everyone breaks in today’s age. It’s one of the “Ten Commandments” but one conveniently ignored by Christians. Why? Because Sunday is the day of the week people need to get stuff done! After working at a job all week, most of us need to spend Sunday working around the house or getting groceries and running other errands.
“Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people.” – Exodus 31:14
God is very clear on the consequences of working on the Sabbath, but you don’t see Christians demanding that we cut off our friends, family, and neighbors for working in the Sabbath. I agree they shouldn’t, but it goes back to the constant picking and choosing of which parts of the Bible to follow and which parts to conveniently ignore.
“Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.” – Exodus 31:15
Notice the contradiction? Exodus 31:14 says people who work on the Sabbath must be cut off from the people, but Exodus 31:15 says the punishment is death. So which is it? Either is very harsh, especially considering that raping a woman in the Bible means you get to marry her as punishment.
“When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.” – Exodus 31:18
God considers His covenant law so important that He only speaks to one man and has them written down on stone tablets that will erode relatively quickly due to weather. A third grader could tell you this is a bad idea.
That’s it for this chapter. There’s a contradiction on the punishment for not obeying the Sabbath and God writing down laws on a stone tablet instead of permanently implanting those laws in the minds of the people. Then again, no one said God was a smart being.
Coming Soon: Exodus – Chapter 32: The Golden Calf