Chapter-a-Day Exodus 31

BezalelGod spoke to Moses: "See what I’ve done; I’ve personally chosen Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur of the tribe of Judah. I’ve filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him skill and know-how and expertise in every kind of craft to create designs and work in gold, silver, and bronze; to cut and set gemstones; to carve wood—he’s an all-around craftsman. Exodus 31:1-5 (TM)

I wonder if, until that moment, Moses had ever connected God’s Spirit to the artistry that Bezalel did. Artists, creatives and those skilled in crafts are often left out of consideration by the spiritual body. In Exodus it was the assembly of Israel. Today I see it in my local church.

Years ago I taught a class on creativity in our church. It was a wonderful class of people like Bezalel – "filled with the Spirit of God" to do creative things in artwork, craft, dance, writing, and theatre. The group aspired to grow, flourish, and contribute to the spiritual life and worship of our local congregation, but our local body of believers either wasn’t ready or didn’t want to give it much consideration. To this day I find that painfully sad, but not surprising.

Throughout history, God’s people have tended to be ignorant of God’s creativity in each of us and it’s purpose in our lives and worship. Unfortunately, we have too often been suspicious and afraid of it. Yet God made it clear to Moses that there was a special place for artists like Bezalel and Oholiab and their work in worship.

God is an artist and He made us in His image. He has woven His creativity into our DNA. God is not ignorant, nor does He ignore, those who have discovered and struck out on the creative path.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and bdnegin

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Exodus 31”

  1. Keep the Sabbath; it’s holy to you.
    I have always heard that the holiness of the Sabbath gets watered down with every generation. As a youth leader I am seeing how the next generation views Sunday and corporate worship. Sundays are for sleeping in, going to work and hanging with friends. Church is boring and “I kinda check out”. What role do we have as parents to make them go? Ultimately we want our kids to desire Christ and community on their own, but when does that happen….age 7, 17 or maybe 27? My wife and I have already determined that as long as the kids live under our roof they WILL be going to church with us…maybe kicking and screaming…but over time we want to develop WHY church is important. You have to be there to experience it.

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