B and O Construction Company; Skilled Craftsmen for the Glory of God
“Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel…’” – Exodus 31:1-2A
In Exodus 31, we are introduced to a skilled craftsman named Bezalel. He was appointed by God to serve on the construction crew assigned to build the tabernacle. We know very little about Bezalel. However, we are able to glean four life principles from his story.
To begin with, Bezalel was called of God. God tells Moses that He has “called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah” (Exodus 31:2). As we read Bezalel’s story, we learn that he faithfully obeyed the call of God (Exodus 31:2-5). And so it should be with all His children; when God calls you to complete a specific task for His kingdom, you are to see your calling as a commissioning from God to complete the task He has set before you.
Secondly, Bezalel was equipped by God for the task at hand. God had filled Bezalel “with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge…” (Exodus 31:3). Bezalel was an instrument in the hand of God because of His God-given wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. You must remember one cannot accomplish God’s purposes without having God’s blessing upon their life; for God will always equip those He calls.
Third, Bezalel used the resources God had given him. What had God called Bezalel to do? He was “to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship” (Exodus 31:4-5). Available to him were the building materials of metal, stone and wood. He took these materials and used them for the glory of God. Likewise, you and I must do the same. This is not to suggest that you have been called by God to work with precious metals or stones like Bezalel (though that might be the case), but it does mean that you are called to work with whatever materials and resources God has delivered to your “life job site.” And you are to use those materials and resources to accomplish His purposes.
Finally, Bezalel glorified God through his talents and abilities. God had “filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom… and in all kinds of craftsmanship” (Exodus 31:3). This craftsmanship was truly a God-given talent; for it is God who places the skills and talents of men into their hearts (Exodus 31:6). Likewise, the gifts and talents you have are woven into your life by the good hand of God. Any credit for the skills you possess goes to God.
We are then introduced to Oholiab, Bezalel’s co-worker. Like Bezalel, Oholiab was appointed by God for the task at hand (Exodus 31:6). He was also an expert in engraving and embroidery (Exodus 38:23). Both men honored God with their service in constructing the tabernacle. Dr. J Vernon McGee said “these men and their helpers were given special gifts for craftsmanship. They made the tabernacle furniture and also the garments. The Spirit of God equipped them for their work. I believe craftsmanship was their trade, and that they worked with gold and silver and other delicate things. But they were given a special gift from God to do God’s work.”
In light of Bezalel’s and Oholiab’s story, ask yourself the following questions; what has God called you to do in service to Him? How has He equipped you to do what He has asked of you? What resources are available to you to complete this task? And, how can you complete the task for the glory of God?
One final thought; Bezalel’s and Oholiab’s story reminds us that some are called to serve God on the front lines like Moses and Aaron, while others are called to serve behind the scenes like our two skilled craftsmen. But whatever the calling, all service to the Lord is vital to God’s kingdom. No matter what God has called you to do, serve with a willing heart and glorify Him in all things, just like our friends Bezalel and Oholiab.
– Pastor Eric