To the Work!

Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded.

And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it.

Exodus 36:1-2

Bezaleel and Aholiab weren’t preachers.  They weren’t great leaders like Moses.  They weren’t priests that we know of.  But they were skilled craftsmen whom the Lord used for His service in building the Tabernacle.  There are a few things that I received from reading this passage.

1. The Lord gives us talents and gifts.  The Bible says that Bezaleel and Aholiab and “every wise hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding…” were used to construct the things for the Tabernacle that God had, in the previous chapters, given specific instructions for.  God gave them the wisdom and understanding to do this type of work.  I don’t know exactly what they did, but I do know it was important enough for the Lord to put it in His Word for us to read about thousands of years later.

2. The Lord doesn’t give everybody the same talents and gifts.  Apparently, the Lord has suited these men just for this work.  The Lord had Moses do a great many things, but building and fashioning the items in the Tabernacle was not one of them.  In our churches, not everyone can preach or sing a special.  But it is no less important to shovel the snow off the sidewalk or greet people when they come in the door or help take the offering.  Everyone has a talent that God has given them and He expects us to use it for His honor and glory.

3. The men who did the work were the men “whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it”.  That should be our attitude.  Does our heart “stir within us” to do a work for the Lord?  When it comes right down to it, just how interested are we in doing the Lord’s work?  We should pray that the Lord will stir our heart to do the work that He has given us to do!

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