Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 35:30-31 (NIV)
Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills…”
Exodus 35:30-31 (MSG)
Moses told the Israelites, “See, God has selected Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. He’s filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and know-how for making all sorts of things…”
“Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord called by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom and skill, with intelligence and understanding, and with knowledge in all [areas of] craftsmanship…” -AMPLIFIED
Bezalel was called by name; specifically chosen by God for work that God had equipped him to accomplish. Here was a man who was filled with the Spirit, which was of utmost importance, but he was also full of wisdom, understanding, knowledge in many areas of craftsmanship and a man of great skills. Scripture tells us, “He’s a master artist familiar with gold, silver, and bronze. He knows how to cut and set stones and how to work with wood. He’s an expert in all trades.” -Exodus 35:32-33 (GW)
This guy was a bundle of talent and skill, but the amazing thing about him was that he was willing to share all those talents with others. In fact, we find he was willing to teach others what he knew. “He has also put in Bezalel’s heart [the willingness] to teach [others the same skills].” Exodus 35:34 (AMP)
Bezalel’s assistant and right-hand man was to be Oholiab. Oholiab was also hand-picked and called out by name by God. These two would be a dynamic duo when it came to the building of the Tabernacle. Bezalel was the general contractor and Oholiab was to be his assistant. Scripture tells us this about these two, “The Lord has made these men highly skilled in all trades. They can do the work of jewelers, carpenters, and designers. They know how to embroider violet, purple and bright red yarn on fine linen. They know how to weave yarn on a loom. They can do all kinds of trades. They are master artists.” -Exodus 35:35 (GW)
To say that these two were good at what they did would be an understatement; they were great. They were master craftsmen. All of this reminds me of what God revealed to Jeremiah when He called him. “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you.” Jeremiah 1:5 (MSG) God has plans for our lives; each one of us. How amazing is that to you?
Even more importantly; God has called you by name. Do you remember when God acknowledged that He had called Moses to the job that He had set him to? “God said to Moses: “All right. Just as you say; this also I will do, for I know you well and you are special to me. I know you by name.” –Exodus 33:17 (MSG)
Lest you think that you are not important enough for God to be concerned over, I will remind you that He is our personable Heavenly Father. He cares a whole lot about you; so much so, that He even knows every hair on your head. He even knows you by name. “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” –John 10:3 (NIV) He knows our names! I hope you are feeling loved right now!
“But as the Scriptures say, No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart All the things God prepared for those who love Him.” -1 Corinthians 2:9 (VOICE)
Lord, it truly amazes me how you know each and every one of your creations by name and you are intimate with them too. Your love and caring for your children is phenomenal! The fact that you not only made us, but made each of us with a plan in mind for our lives, shows me how much you care. God, I may not be a master craftsman at anything, but use me to glorify you in all that I do. Help me to make you proud, Dad.