Caleb was one of
the 12 spies who spied out the land of Canaan. He
and Joshua were the only ones who had faith enough in
God to go up and possess the land at once.
other 10 spies just put a downer on the whole thing and
God put a curse on the other 10 spies because they did
not have faith that God would help them.
Here's that story.
and the Israelites were in between
'freedom in the promised land',
God commanded them to build a tabernacle.
of the tabernacle was so that God could dwell among the
Israelites and be their God, and they would know that
the Lord was their God who brought them out of Egypt.
any one who wanted to bring an offering for the building
of the tabernacle could. They would need:
● gold, silver, and brass
● red, purple, and blue cloth
● goats' hair and rams' skins dyed
red, and badgers' skins
● shittim wood
● oil and spices
● onyx stones
God hand-picked Bezaleel from the congregation and gave
him talents of
● stone carving and
● wood cutting and
● weaving and
Bezaleel taught Aholiab to help him.
The people were being so generous that after a while
Bezaleel had to tell Moses to announce to the
congregation that they had
too much stuff
and for people to quit giving to the building of the
Exodus 35 - 40 tells how they made the tabernacle.
On the first day of the first month of the second year
that the Israelites were free from slavery, the
tabernacle was anointed by Moses and ready for use.
Aaron's garments (he was the high priest)
was called an ephod. The craftsmen engraved the
names of the 12 tribes of Israel on onyx stone and he
wore this on his shoulder pieces and he wore a golden
head piece that said 'HOLINESS TO THE LORD'.
After the anointing of the tabernacle, a cloud covered
the tent of the congregation and the glory of the Lord
filled the tabernacle. When the cloud lifted, the
Israelites knew that it was time to move on; when the
cloud rested on the tabernacle, they knew to stay put.
The cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle during the
day and fire was upon it by night so that all Israel
could see it.