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  Bezalel  
 
 

Exodus 35:30-36:5
35:30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, "See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,
31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts--
32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,
33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship.
34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others.
35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers--all of them master craftsmen and designers.
36:1 So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the LORD has commanded."
2 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.
3 They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning.
4 So all the skilled craftsmen who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left their work
5 and said to Moses, "The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done."


Chosen to glorify God

We read from v30-33 that this man Bezalel, was chosen by God, and God filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill,ability, and knowledge. We are also chosen by God, hand picked by Him before the creation of the world (Eph1:4), to do good work which He prepared in advance for us to do.(Eph2:10).

Do we doubt our calling? There are times when we feel we are not chosen, we are useless, and not great at anything! Well, the scriptures say otherwise. Today if you are in God's Kingdom, you are there because you were specially chosen. After being chosen and cleansed by Christ, you were also filled with God s Holy Spirit! His Spirit provides and enables us to use our gifts to build up the church, and bring Him glory.(Read 1Cor12:7-11, Rom12:6-8, 1Pt4:10-11).

Passing on to others

V34 tells us that God gave both Bezalel and Oholiab the ability to teach others. God considered it important that they pass their abilities and expertise to others and equip others for serving Him. Are we not called to do the same today? what are the abilities He has provided you with? Is it singing, serving, teaching in kkc/preteens/teens/campus, preaching, teaching Bible,preparing lessons, translating, creative and artistic abilities, cooking, encouraging, administration, organising events, . Are you using it for His Kingdom? Are you also pulling in others and teaching and training them?

Reliable and responsible servants

Ex38:22-23 tells us that Bezalel and Oholiab carried out everything just as the Lord had commanded. In Ex35:4-5 we also see that they reported the progress of their work and communicated exactly what was needed with Moses. Are you reliable in the Lord s work? Do you faithfully carry out instructions, and communicate clearly and consistently so that the Lord s work is carried out smoothly?

Application
1. Pray thanking God for choosing you, remembering your conversion and the amazing ways in which God arranged it.
2. Identify the gifts of the Spirit in your Christian life, and write how you can allow God to use you more? In what ways can you be more reliable?
3. Pray,talk and set up an appointment with someone whom you can teach and pass on what you have.