Building The Temple

You cannot choose your calling. Your calling chooses you. You have been blessed with special skills that are yours alone. Use them, whatever they may be, and forget about wearing another’s hat. A talented chariot driver can win gold and renown with his skills. Let him pick figs a … More

Skills

God regards all the skills of His people, not just those with theological or ministerial abilities. Our tendency is to regard only those who are upfront and in leadership roles. God gave Bezalel and Oholiab Spirit-filled abilities in artistic craftsmanship (vv. 1-5). In other words, He identified two men by name as specially chosen and divinely endued with ability, or Spirit-filled, to make all He had revealed to Moses (Ex. 28:3). None of the craftsmen were left untouched but divinely bestowed with understanding in the intricacy of their work. They were called “gifted artisans,” suggesting they previously had developed the skill. They were to make all that has been prescribed (Ex. 25-30).

By His Spirit, God enabled other people for tasks needed to accomplish what He commanded the nation to do, which was to build the tabernacle (vv. 7-11). This involved the ability to make a variety of needed items, to make them with excellence and beauty, and to teach others these skills (Ex. 35:34). God gives the special ability to all skilled workers and provides them with the ability to fulfill His purposes (Phil. 2:13).

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work” (I Cor. 12:4-6).

Application

I know that God has given me special gifts and abilities to do certain things in this life, and I need to be committed to doing them, as long as He makes it possible for my mind and body to function. This may change as we go different seasons of life.

Exodus 31:1-11 (English Standard Version)

The LORD said to Moses, "See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do."

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