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Life Lessons from the Little Known: Bezalel, The Master Craftsman of the Tabernacle



In the pages of the Bible, among the narratives of ancient times and the lives of revered figures, one might encounter the name Bezalel—a skilled artisan whose craftsmanship played a pivotal role in the construction of the Tabernacle. Bezalel's story is found in the Book of Exodus, specifically in chapters 31 and 35-40, where his talents, devotion, and divine calling are highlighted.


Bezalel, whose name means "in the shadow of God," was chosen by God to be the chief artisan in charge of constructing the Tabernacle—an elaborate portable sanctuary for worship during the Israelites' journey through the wilderness. This monumental task was not assigned solely due to Bezalel's natural abilities, but rather, he was filled with the Spirit of God for this purpose.


In Exodus 31:1-6, God appoints Bezalel, the son of Uri, from the tribe of Judah, and fills him with the Spirit of God, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and all kinds of craftsmanship. This divine empowerment distinguishes Bezalel as a chosen vessel, specially equipped to carry out the sacred work of constructing the Tabernacle and its furnishings.


Bezalel's craftsmanship extended beyond mere technical skill; it embodied a divine artistry. He excelled in working with various materials, including gold, silver, and bronze, as well as in stonecutting and woodcarving. Bezalel's artistic sensibility and attention to detail are evident in the intricate designs and motifs that adorned the Tabernacle and its sacred articles.


Bezalel was not alone in his craftsmanship; he had a skilled assistant named Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, from the tribe of Dan. Both Bezalel and Oholiab, filled with the Spirit of God, worked in harmony to execute the intricate plans God had revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai. The collaboration between these two craftsmen exemplifies the importance of teamwork in the pursuit of divine endeavors.


Under the guidance of Bezalel and Oholiab, the construction of the Tabernacle unfolded meticulously. They oversaw the creation of the Ark of the Covenant, the Table for the Bread of the Presence, the Golden Lampstand, the Altar of Incense, and the construction of the Tabernacle itself, including its curtains, coverings, and the courtyard.


Bezalel's legacy extends beyond his role as a master craftsman. His story serves as a reminder that God equips individuals with unique gifts and talents for specific purposes within His divine plan. Bezalel's dedication to his craft, coupled with his divine empowerment, sets a precedent for believers to use their skills and abilities for the service of God and the community.


Bezalel's story is a testament to the divine partnership between God and humanity. Through the Spirit of God, Bezalel was empowered to contribute his exceptional craftsmanship to the sacred task of building the Tabernacle. His legacy stands as an inspiration for believers to use their God-given talents for the greater purpose of worship and service, embodying the principle that excellence in craftsmanship can be a form of divine worship.

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6 days ago

As you artfully point out, we all have a gift or gifts, given to us by God to not only glorify Him, but to also use whatever we've been given to minister and bless those around us. Thank you for not overlooking those seemingly insignificant saints!

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Mar 26

Excellent article Randy. I appreciate how you tied in us using how God has anointed us for skill in serving our communities. I also have always appreciated that those who served underneath these men also received an impartation of skill and anointing from God through them.

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Great article…. I appreciate the emphasis on developed skills matched with the Spirit of God equals worshipful work! Great inspiration

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May God be praised!

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Mar 25

The lessons are indeed valuable, the talents of those you write about are valuable, but I am still struggling to see how "I" fit into it all.

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Thank you! And let me say that every believer (follower of Christ) who is filled with the Spirit of God has the ability and opportunity to operate in their gift or gifts from the Holy Spirit. It is important that we simply surrender to Him and allow Him to use us as He chooses. I hope this will encourage you to see how you fit in to God's ultimate purposes! Blessing!

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Mar 25

Thank you Pastor Randy! Your lesson is valuable as sometimes we know we may have a talent, a gifting, but lack the confidence that it is good enough to use for the Lord. Bezalel & Oholiab were given a fresh filling of the HS specifically for serving God with their talents. I look forward to your articles on the little known Biblical characters.

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May God be praised!

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