I mentioned on Friday that I was experiencing a little bit of “Law Fatigue.” It’s not easy studying this stuff day after day! My life is difficult.
But hope remains! I think I may have reached the end of this section of the law. Having read Exodus 32 before, I know some juicy stories are just around the corner. Huzzah!
So God has just spent the last several chapters laying out his plans for the Tabernacle. This is basically his sweet blinged-out pad where he hangs out with his people.
And he doesn’t want to fill that place with junk from Goodwill or Ikea. No sir. His stuff falls into the “fancy-schmancy” category, provided that your definition of “fancy-schmancy” includes “splattered blood is ok.”
God let Moses know how everything would be paid for, but he didn’t tell him who exactly would be building this stuff. I mean, it’s tricky! You gotta know how to carve wood, work gold, taylor a suit, cut gemstones, and make potpouri.
Oh, who will do this!?!?
Don’t worry. God has it covered.
While Moses was up on the mountain, probably wondering how his 80 year-old hands were going to make this stuff. God had called Bezalel by name.
Bezalel is the kid all the other art students
hated looked up to.
This guy is a real renaissance man. Check out his profile:
. . . I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft.
Not bad huh?
And if you are wondering how he is going to do all that by himself, his skillful assistants are ready to put their hands to the hammers and their fingers to the filagrees.
If you haven’t read Alise Wright’s post on Exodus 26, go do it before reading the next section.
Here is something I didn’t expect to find in Exodus: A man empowered by the very Spirit of God to . . . make art.
He isn’t a warrior. He isn’t a politician. He isn’t a prophet. He isn’t a priest.
He is an artist. And a damn good one at that. And his mission? Make God’s house look awesome. That’s it.
I can’t say for sure if he had such great skill before God called him or if God supernaturally endowed him with his gifts. Either way, this God values art. He values aesthetics.
Architecture tells a story. The Tabernacle is mobile. It is a tent. It has places you can go and places you can’t go. That means something.
Art also tells a story. The people will look at this Tabernacle, at the artwork and craftmanship and know something about God.
That He is beautiful. That he is creative. And that he is unlike anything they have seen before.
What else did you notice about Bezalel’s profile?