Ex 31:1-5
1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.

Ex 36:2-3
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.   NIV

After Moses led Israel out of Egypt, God met with him on the mountain and gave Moses specific instructions for the building of the tabernacle and all of its implements.  Moses was God’s chosen…the one He would meet with face-to-face.  But although he was the leader of the nation…although he was the spokesperson for God Himself, God called a man by the name of Bezaleel to be the artisan who would build the tabernacle and its instruments.

Bezaleel had a skill, but through God’s calling and infilling, and through Bezaleel’s yielding, an exponential ability was the outcome.  Moses may have been the top dog, but Bezaleel was the one to build the first place ever fashioned by human hands where God Himself would dwell.  That’s pretty incredible.

Maybe you feel like you are not a leader, or you don’t have the ability to shepherd people like a Moses-type person, but you do have a task that you are good at.  You know what?  You can only be faithful with what you have, not with what you don’t have.  How about yielding that gift to God to be used however He sees fitting?  Just obey and see how God can use what you have.  Christian apologist E.M. Blaiklock said this of Bezaleel.  “Bezaleel and his men, by their consecration to the task, were preachers of the first order.”

Let’s all be “preachers of the first order” through our obedience, no matter how big or small that task may seem.

Here’s to our obedience and diligence in whatever task God may call us.


Gene Pietrini

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