Today’s Reading: Exodus 38-39
Today’s Reflection: Exodus 39:1
From the blue and purple and scarlet yarns they made finely woven garments, for ministering in the Holy Place. They made the holy garments for Aaron, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
God gave Bezalel and Oholiab specific instructions on building the tabernacle and all of the instruments for the service of the priests. He had a specific design for Bezalel and his men to follow. These instructions provide lessons to us on how to follow God’s design for our own lives.
1) Hear God’s instruction: Exodus chapters 25 to 30 outlines the specific detailed instructions God gave Moses about the tabernacle and the priesthood. The specificity of God’s commands made it clear each instruction was very important and Moses recorded them exactly as he heard them.
In your life God will give you instructions, likely very detailed and specific. Be sure you hear them exactly as He gives them to you. Pray to hear God clearly. It’s a good idea to keep a prayer journal to record both your petitions to God and His responses and instructions to you.
Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
2) Receive God’s anointing: In Exodus 31:1-11 God tells Moses that He has gifted Bezalel and Oholiab “with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs…to work in every craft” so they can make the tabernacle and all of the priestly garments and tools.
Every gift, talent and ability comes from God, and He has given you a unique and individual set of gifts to fulfill His purpose for you. At the appointed time God will give you a calling. If you receive it willingly He will lead you into to the great adventure your life is meant to be.
Jeremiah 1:9 – 9) Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10) See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
3) Follow God’s design: Exodus chapters 36 to 39 describes Bezalel and Oholiab leading the other craftsmen in following the instructions God had given them to build the tabernacle, it’s implements and the garments and tools of the priests. It’s clear they heard God’s instructions and followed each one to the letter.
Once instructed and gifted it is time for you to follow promptly and exactly. Partial obedience is disobedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience. To receive the blessings God has for you and to glorify Him, you have to follow His design.
Deuteronomy 12:28 – Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.
4) Use your gift: In describing Bezalel and Oholiab’s gifting God uses an interesting word: intelligence. While God had clear instructions for doing this important work He also gifted the craftsmen to be capable of making decisions of their own. Within the parameters of God’s instructions, there was room for Bezalel and Oholiab to express themselves in someway.
One of the most amazing aspects of following God’s design is that God actually wants us to be active participants. Make no mistake, we’re following God’s lead, but as we do He invites us to share our ideas and intelligence and express our individual personalities. To do His work the way only we would or could do it. God made us all distinct individuals on purpose and with purpose.
1 Chronicles 28:20 – Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.”