Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan.” (Exodus 35:30–34, ESV)

What God had commanded concerning the tabernacle and all of the objects that went along with it, he moved to accomplish by specially gifting Bezalel, the son of Uri, and what appears to be his chief assistant Oholiab.  I find it interesting that the text says that yes, God did fill Bezalel with intelligence, with knowledge, with all craftsmanship to devise artistic designs, but before all of that he filled him with the Spirit of God.

We may not be given the special skills of Bezalel and Oholiab [I certainly have not!], but we have been given gifts by God and we are to use our gifts in his service, which we do have in common with these two.  The New Testament puts it this way:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4–7, ESV)

In all likelihood our gifting is not as prominent in the Church as Bezalel’s was in Israel, fortunately God doesn’t care about our relative reputation in the church, he cares about our faithfulness and we can all be faithful.

 

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