Exodus 31:3–5 (HCSB)
3 I have filled him with God’s Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft 4 to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 to cut gemstones for mounting, and to carve wood for work in every craft.
In this pericope we see that God has provided not just the instructions, the blueprints, for what is to made concerning the tabernacle and all the items within it, but He provides the craftsmen to build it all. Here’s what we might learn from this:
- We are part of God’s plan. We are not on the outside, nor are we just the subject, of God’s plan: we are involved in it, a part of it. God, for whatever reason, chooses to work through us to accomplish His goals. We are participants alongside Him. We are doers, not simply watchers. God is no less or more for working this way, He is Himself: perfection. But, He makes us greater by allowing us to take part. He molds and stretches us many times through these events and tasks, constantly shaping us into who He designed us to be. What an honor for us to be allowed to join God in His plan.
- We all have different roles. We are not designed to do everything, nor should we expect God to empower us to do everything. God selected two men to have the divine power to construct His divinely designed tabernacle. Two men out of the entire nation. Could He have empowered all men and women of Israel to do so? Most assuredly! Could He have empowered Moses and Aaron, after all He already had been empowering them to do great things. Most assuredly! But He chose not to. He chose Bezalel and Oholiab. Perhaps it was so that Israel did not look only to Moses and Aaron, and think that somehow power was in those two men alone. Perhaps Bezalel and Oholiab needed something from God to strengthen their faith. Scripture does not suggest a motive as to why these two men were selected, but they were. And they answered the call. We can do well to mirror their obedience in the face of such important and grave responsibilities, and follow God’s call.
- God is the source of all great things. We know this already, but it is explicit in this passage. Scripture does not say that God selected the most skilled, or that He needed the ingenuity of man. No, instead it says He provided His Spirit, to fill these two men up, and empower them with the skill to accomplish the great and grave things He expected. When God commands, He provides a way to fulfill His command. God is not lacking, and He is not withholding from us. We simply must step under His reign, and surrender to Him, then we can join Him in His great and mighty works, not just as mediums and tools, but as children and subjects of His love and care.
Lord, thank You for providing us, not just physically, but in abilities. Help us to trust You, to surrender to You, and to allow Your might to flow through us in order to glorify You. Amen.