In wisdom and skill

Now the Lord said to Moses,  “See, I have called by name Bezalel, son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.  I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom and skill, in understanding and intelligence, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,  to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze,  and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, to work in all kinds of craftsmanship.  And behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; to all who are wise-hearted I have given the skill and ability to make everything that I have commanded you:  the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony, the mercy seat that is upon it, all the furnishings of the tent—  the table [for the bread] and its utensils, the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, the [golden] altar of incense,  the [bronze] altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, the basin and its base—  the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the [high] priest and the garments for his sons to minister as priests,  and the anointing oil and the sweet and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.” – Exodus 31:1-10

The Israelites, who had been masons and bricklayers in Egypt, were not qualified for curious workmanship; but the Spirit who gave the apostles utterance in divers tongues, miraculously gave Bezaleel and Aholiab the skill that was wanting. The honour which comes from God, is always attended with a work to be done; employed for God is high honour. Those whom God calls to any service, he will find or make fit for it. The Lord gives different gifts to different persons; let each mind his proper work, diligently remembering that whatever wisdom any one possesses, the Lord put it in the heart, to do his commandments. Matthew Henry Commentary

It may seem strange to say this – the best representation of God that we can create is an idol. The golden calf of Aaron intended to represent the God of Israel who led them out of Egypt was only an idol, a distorted representation of God. Those items of furniture and symbolic representation in the tabernacle could only reflect God if God Himself created them. Thus, His Spirit gave Bezalel and Oholiab the skill to create those things which would accurately represent God. Even though these men seem to have been the finest craftsmen of their time, their natural abilities were inadequate.

According to the beautiful sovereignty of our God, He chooses to use people for His glory, all people. His Holy Spirit inspired and gifted Moses, the prophet, lawgiver, and great leader of the nation, and the Spirit also filled Bezalel and Oholiab with wisdom and skill in craftsmanship and artistry. God chooses and uses the rulers of the nations as well as the builders, weavers, and metalworkers. He is not limited to using only the people who will part seas and lead armies; He also gives gifts to those who work behind the scenes. Each position is known and valued by God, and everyone’s required to be faithful with what they have been given. Some He calls to lead, others He calls to follow; but all He calls.



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