Skilled Craftsmen

The Gift of Craftsmanship

“Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make.”
(Exodus 31:6b)

Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  After a dip into the New Testament last Friday, we’re back in the Old Testament this week – in chapter 31 of Exodus.

I remember reading the passages about the early tabernacle tent design intently after I’d been sewing window treatments for the public for several years.  I enjoyed working creatively and liked the feeling that God had gifted me for it.

I was blown away by the intricacy of God’s detailed instructions for the curtains used for temple “tent walls” that the Israelites erected as they moved about in the dessert.  We can assume this was used as the Lord’s Temple until Solomon later built the first temple structure of even more grandiose splendor.

I sometimes imagine being a “sewist” in heaven some day, possibly sewing curtains for some such temple fashions.  Can you imagine it?

This passage is a side note of sorts, since it’s not in our chapter of reading today.  I cannot resist looking at it all again!  Sorry … I just love the details of it all.

Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yard, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker.  All the curtains are to be the same size—twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide.
(Exodus 26:1-2)

The entire 26th chapter gives the detail of the curtains, the adornments, and the structure from which they were to hang.  So much about the curtains!  Beyond the curtains, they made elaborate garments with beautifully detailed trims for the priests to wear while conducting temple sacrifices, rituals and such.

In those days, they had to weave fabric from yarns – and even had to begin by spinning the yarn.  At some point, they had to dye either the yarn or the fabric.  I have no idea how, but it all seems very laborious.  But, it would be a labor of love for me, being a lover of all things textile.

In our reading for today, Exodus 31 definitely makes you feel appointed for your area of giftedness.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son ir Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him iwth the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge, and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, solver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.” (Exodus 31:1-3)

… 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 lampstand and 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.
(Exodus 31:4b-10)

Can you see that you were specifically chosen for your giftedness (or, rather, gifted for your chosen-ness!), be it in craftsmanship or a spiritual gift like teaching, gifts of service, etc.?

Skilled Craftsmen

After the directives in Exodus 31, God reminds us to keep the Sabbath.  To have that day of rest.  To spend the time in worship and restoration.  God is faithful in giving us what we need – and often when we don’t realize we need it.

Y’all!  Are you seeing it?

The Lord is faithful to provide creative outlets that give you satisfaction – and for His glory.  God is faithful to gift you and outfit you for that which He calls you.  And then, He gives you restoration after six days of hard but satisfying work.  God’s design is perfect.  He is faithful!

What do you say?  Are we chosen for our gifted-ness?  Or, do you think we are gifted for our chosen-ness?  Ha!  “The chicken or the egg” type of thing!

Because He lives~

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