Daily Devotion: Skilled Work for the Lord

The Lord gave very specific instructions to Moses for how the tabernacle and everything that would go with it was to be constructed. He also gave Moses direction on who would lead what aspects of its creation.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him 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. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent—the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstandand all its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand—and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.” – Exodus 31:1-11

When it came time to construct the tent of meeting, the ark, and everything else, Moses first called on all of the people to participate in providing what was needed.

“Moses said to the whole Israelite community, ‘This is what the Lord has commanded: From what you have, take an offering for the Lord.” – Exodus 35:4-5

Then Moses called all of the people who had any specific skills to use them in the crafting of materials.

“All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded:” – Exodus 35:10

Lastly, he repeated the words of the Lord to the people about Bezalel and Oholiab.

“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—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 artistic crafts. And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.” – Exodus 30:30-35

The Lord had chosen Bezalel, Oholiab, and other skilled workers to fashion everything that would be used to worship the Lord. God gave them specific skills that they were to use for the glory of God and to assist others in worshiping Him.

Neither Bezalel or Oholiab were of the tribe of Levi, the tribe that was chosen to staff the tent of meeting, carry it, and from whom the priests would come. However, even though they were not priests, the Lord had a role for them to play in using their skills to worship the Lord.

Not only did they use their skills to craft the instruments used in worship, but they taught others these same skills.

We can draw many useful lessons from the building of the tabernacle.

Just because we may not be in full-time vocational ministry or we are not gifted in public speaking or preaching does not mean we don’t play just as valuable a role in the body of Christ and the community of worship.

We are all to give of our resources for the work of the Lord, just as all the Israelites gave to the building of the tabernacle.

God has given people special skills to use for the benefit of all. Skills that are needed in the life of the church and that bring God glory in the exercising of them. A short and very incomplete list would be craftsman, electricians, engineers, audio/visual technicians, security personnel, designers, artists, and many, many more. God is glorified and the body is encouraged in both the using and passing on of these skills.

When Bezelal, Oholiab, and the others used their skills for the glory of God they enabled the rest of the Israelites to experience worshiping the Lord in the way He ordained. Everyone played a different role, but they were unified in the worship of the Lord.

Paul illustrates the unity of love and diversity of roles in the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:12-13:13. Two great verses that summarize of the passage would be,

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27

and

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 

While we have different skills and different roles we are bound together through the love of Christ. We must do a better job celebrating and appreciating the different contributions made by all of the members of the body and love each other as Christ loves us.

If you have a skill or technical ability, use it for the glory of God in both your life inside and outside of the church. God’s given you that talent to use in worship and to assist others in their worship.

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