Bezalel appears in the last fourth of the Old Testament book of Exodus. He is first mentioned in the thirty-first chapter of Exodus, when the Lord, speaking to Moses, says that He has filled Bezalel "with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of 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 crafts." (Ex 31:3-5)
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Bezalel was filled with God's Spirit, which made him a craftsman - a worker in metals, stones, and wood.He was the one who made the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant, and all the articles within it. With help from Oholiab and some other artisans (Exodus 35:34), Bezalel designed, engraved, embroidered, and wove the tent of meeting, the ark, the atonement cover, clasps, bowls, candlesticks, cherubim, altars, priestly garments, and pillars - every sacred article for the tabernacle.
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He wasn't simply given talent. No, God filled this man, from the tribe of Judah, with His Spirit for the tasks He gave him. Not to preach or teach or prophecy, but to work with his hands.
Perhaps it's not so surprising that this same God might use the same Holy Spirit (which is already within every NT believer) to help us with our tasks - whether they be spreading the Gospel or making a handmade card, discipling a new believer or writing a poem.
He has done it before. And He never changes.
Has God filled you with His Spirit for a task? How are you like Bezalel?
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