God takes ownership of physical abilities

When God gave the pattern for the tabernacle to Moses, He did not simply cut the conversation short and say, "Okay, I’ve given you the pattern, now you come up with the people and the talent to get it done." Instead, He told Moses even before he came down from the mount exactly who he had in mind and what skills He had already gifted these people with in order to complete the tasks. In Exodus 31:1-11, God outlines to Moses the two names of Bezaleel (Bezalel) and Aholiab (Oholiab), but also outlines the skills that He had already gifted these men with. Notice how 31:3 puts it.

3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.

Ability, intelligence, and knowledge are stated to have come from the filling of the Spirit of God. But the ability, intelligence and knowledge are concerning things that many feel are secular. Working with metals, (filigree), jewelry (lapidary), woodworking (carpentry), and even so-called female abilities such as weaving, knitting, and embroidery are all said to originate directly from the Holy Spirit. This was not just something God had done for these two men. See how verse 6 explains how it applies to all.

And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you:

When we understand that all abilities come from God, this should revolutionize our thinking. The ability to pound a nail, wash a window, cross stitch for Love Quilts, (that’s for you Barb K.), fix a toilet, read a book, rake a lawn: all these things come from God and should be used for His glory. Seemingly secular knowledge, ability, and intelligence needs to be coordinated with God’s plan in order to bring Him glory. We don’t ultimately know how Bezaleel and Aholiab learned their skills. It could have been through apprenticeship, watching others, or perhaps it was supernatural. Whatever the case, God took ownership of their abilities through the person of the Holy Spirit; and because of this, He claimed them for His own in the building of His tabernacle.

The application is somewhat similar to my post on the oil and the incense. The difference here is that the oil and incense had a uniquely religious function. There was no secular side to the oil and incense. The application seemed to be toward spiritual gifts. But here, the application is toward any ability that could be put to use at a vocation, to help others, or for a hobby. God owns any ability, intelligence, and knowledge that you possess through the person of the Holy Spirit. You best use them in a way that is pleasing to Him.

Have fun and stay busy about the tabernacle – Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman

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