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Bezaleel

Bezaleel, a name in Hebrew meaning in the shadow of God, was a man of Judah, a skilled craftsman, who did much of the "cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship" for the furniture and utensils used in The Tabernacle In The Wilderness. His natural skill was greatly enhanced by The Lord having "filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship." As its maker, Bezaleel of Judah was among the last non-Levites authorized to touch The Ark of the Covenant (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what happened to anyone else who did).

"I have filled him with the Spirit of God"

Bezaleel was The Lord's choice for doing the work of crafting the furniture and utensils of the Tabernacle, along with The Ark in which were placed the Ten Commandments (see also What Did The Ten Commandments Look Like?).

Ark Of The Covenant

"And The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] spake unto Moses [see also The Education Of Moses and The Veil of Moses], saying,"

"See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship."

"And 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; The tabernacle of the congregation, and The Ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle, And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense, And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot, And 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, And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do." (Exodus 31:1-11 KJV)

Bezaleel of Judah made The Ark before custody of it was given to the Levites.

"And Bezaleel made The Ark of shittim wood: two Cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it: And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about. And he cast for it four rings of gold, to be set by the four corners of it; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it. And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold [see The Gold-Covered Staves]. And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of The Ark, to bear The Ark."

"And he made The Mercy Seat of pure gold [see also Christ's Mercy Seat]: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat; One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims." (Exodus 37:1-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where could The Ark of the Covenant, that Bezaleel was given to make, be today?
See Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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