A Craftsman at His Best

“Then Moses said to the people of Israel, ‘See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach… He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer…'”

“And all the craftsmen among the workmen made the tabernacle with ten curtains. They were made of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns, with cherubim skillfully worked. The length of each curtain was twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits. All the curtains were the same size.

“He coupled five curtains to one another, and the other five curtains he coupled to one another.  He made loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain of the first set. Likewise… of the second set. He made fifty loops on the one curtain, and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was in the second set. The loops were opposite one another. And he made fifty clasps of gold, and coupled the curtains one to the other with clasps. So the tabernacle was a single whole.” Exodus 35:30-35; 36:8-13

All the best ingredients, adorned with the image of God, filled with His breath. Fearfully and wonderfully made above all creatures, a little lower than angels. Such are the makings of man, the Creator’s crown jewel, a living temple on earth that He indwells. It was he God chose and gifted to fashion His portable tabernacle with nature’s most exquisite materials. The Supreme Craftsman at His best endows His people to do and give their best in His kingdom work. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; Psalm 8:3-8; 139:13-16; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)

Just as the tabernacle was crafted to represent the presence of God among His people along their journey, so the LORD has designed us to carry and reflect His presence along our way. Whether it be in our conversation or demeanor, an embrace or our work, our behind-the scenes planning or our very public service, in the measure we exemplify Christ Jesus and His beauty, those we know and interact with can be touched by His Spirit.

How clearly am I reflecting His image of holiness, love, grace, and truth? How carefully am I employing my Maker’s design for relationships, discipline, accountability, personal responsibility, godly order? How generously am I extending mercy and compassion to the broken? How heartily am I fulfilling what He has created me to do? How robustly do I serve His will and the needs of others? How well can others sense His spirit of peace in my reactions to trials and current events, in my countenance? (Ephesians 2:10)

Father, cause every aspect of my life to reflect the beauty, wisdom, and excellencies of my Master Craftsman. Mark me, as I mark all I touch, with Your indelible grace and splendor.

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