Who is/was this Bezalel Uri guy??! One incredibly talented and energetic person most definitely! Reading the OYB Old Testament passage for Feb 13th [Exodus 35:10-36:38] and a peek into the one for the 14th made me realise how much can be achieved when God gives a man (man, woman, or child) grace for the task.
I realise that he didn’t do all the work alone – Exodus 36:8 says “the skilled craftsmen made ten curtains of finely woven linen for the Tabernacle. Then Bezalel decorated the curtains with…”, indeed his principal partner in Tabernacle construction was Oholibah Ahisamach (that actually reads Oholibah son of Ahisamach in the Bible :-)) . However, Exodus 35-38 does go on about Bezalel quite a lot. See Exodus 36: 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 31, 35. Also look at Exodus 37: 1, 6, 10, 17 etc. I was especially mesmerised by verses Exodus 37:17-22 which was the actualisation of Exodus 25: 31-40. The guy hammered a lamp stand and its decorative bits out of a piece of gold – a lamp stand with six branches, each branch had 3 lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and petals…talk about specification (God’s), talk about precision (Bezalel’s)!
But all this may not make sense if we don’t go back to Exodus 31:1-6. I had to copy it in here, just so you can read it yourself:
“Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. 4 He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. 5 He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft! 6 “And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make”
So God is the one who gives gifts to men, and it really is for His glory, not ours. Bezalel, Oholibah and the other guys they taught were given abilities for a time – they’ve since gone the way of all men – but God remains forever, and in this generation, He’s yet again distributed different gifts to people and given them the energy to use them. So to others, you may seem like an over-talented Duracell bunny (had to smile at my description), but to God, you’re a tool in His hand for this time, for this place, for His glory.
Selah (means pause and think about it).