Perhaps there were several Bezalels in the nation of Israel but God clearly stated which Bezalel He had chosen for the work of constructing the sanctuary. He named Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And Bezalel had an impressive skillset given to him by God for His purpose. In addition to filling him with His spirit, God filled him with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and diverse skills, including the skills to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. And the ability to teach others (Exodus 35:30-36:1, NIV).
After identifying Bezalel by name, Moses stated that he and the other skilled individuals, equipped by God for His purpose, were to do the work exactly as God instructed. “Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work” (Exodus 36:2, emphasis added).
//In the chapters that follow, the incredible work that Bezalel and others did is described but I think it is safe to say that all that they did was predicated on this fact, they were willing to come and do the work. May what was true of Bezalel and “every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability,” be true of each of us – may we be willing to do the work He has called and equipped us to do. Even if we receive no human applause.
I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Willing.” The content behind the // and some of the Scripture references were was added after 5 minutes were completed.