“Now bring your brother Aaron near, and his sons with him from among the sons of Israel, so that he may serve as priest to Me—Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. You are to make sacred garments [official clothing reserved for holy services] for Aaron your brother, for honor and for beauty (ornamentation). Tell all the skilled and talented people whom I have endowed with a spirit of wisdom, that they are to make Aaron’s garments to sanctify him and set him apart to serve as a priest for Me. These are the garments which they shall make: a breastpiece and an ephod [for the breastpiece] and a robe and a tunic of checkered work, a turban, and a sash. They shall make sacred garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, so that he may serve as a priest to Me. They are to use the gold and the blue and the purple and the scarlet fabric and fine twisted linen [from the people]. – Exodus 28:1-5
God gave Bezalel and Oholiab Spirit-filled abilities in artistic craftsmanship. Take notice of all the abilities God gives His people. Don’t diminish your skills if they are not like Moses’ and Aaron’s.
The tailors who made Aaron’s garments were given wisdom by God to do their task. All of us have special skills. God wants to fill us with His Spirit so we will use those skills for His glory. Think about your special talents and abilities. What ways could you use them for God’s work in the world? As you focus on helping and giving to others, God will show you the best ways to do it and give you wisdom to carry out the task.
Bezalel’s filled with the Spirit of God in wisdom and in understanding to work in gold, and silver and brass, etc., in the building of the tabernacle; and the Spirit of wisdom is given to others in making Aaron’s garments. So also of one of the builders of Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 7:14; 2 Chronicles 2:14). In these cases there’s a combination of natural talents and skill to which is a superadded a special endowment of the Spirit. Pharaoh refers to Joseph as one in whom the Spirit of God is, as fitting him for administration and government. Joshua’s qualified for leadership by the Spirit. In this and in Deuteronomy 34:9, Joshua’s represented as possessing the Spirit through the laying on of the hands of Moses. This is an interesting Old Testament parallel to the bestowment of the Spirit by laying on of hands in the New Testament (Acts 8:17; Acts 19:6). Daniel’s represented as having wisdom to interpret dreams through the Spirit, and afterward because of the Spirit he’s exalted to a position of authority and power. The Spirit qualifies Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple. The Spirit was given to the people for instruction and strengthening during the wilderness wanderings, and to the elders along with Moses. It thus appears how very widespread were the activities of the redemptive Spirit, or the Spirit in the covenant. All these forms of the Spirit’s action bore in some way upon the national life of the people, and directed in one way or another toward theocratic ends.