I was hanging out in Exodus earlier this week and met a very interesting character that I hadn’t really taken notice of before. Bezalel (or Bez as his friends might have called him). Not a name you remember hearing in Sunday School, you say? Me either. I’m not even really sure how to pronounce it…BEZalel…BezAlel…BezaLEL. All I know is that this guy gets some serious mentioning in the book of Exodus. Why, you ask?
Well, you’ve heard of the tabernacle, right? That mobile temple that God had the Israelites construct while they were in the wilderness? Someone had to build that structure.
We first meet Bezalel in Exodus 35:30-35. In chapter 36, Moses tells the Israelites that the Lord has given Bezalel and those who are to work with him wisdom and understanding to know how to do all the work of constructing the sanctuary. All…like metal working, gemstone cutting, wood carving, and the ability to teach others. He and his buddy Oholiab are the guys who can get it done when it comes to the tabernacle.
Bezalel and the record of his work are covered from Exodus 35-39. That’s four chapters…four! First, he and his guys are making the tabernacle curtains, then the planks, then the embroidered veil, then the ark of the covenant. They even mix up the holy anointing oil. Oh, and let’s not forget, they need to make the garments for the priests. Is there anything this guy and his team can’t do?
I wonder why God chose Bezalel? What do you think? Was he maybe more open to letting the Lord work in his life? Was he already someone who showed a little skill in building, or did the Lord really shock everyone and choose the least likely guy to be the go-to guy for this very holy and important building? Wouldn’t that be great? If the local nerdy kid got a chance to really shine because he was open to the Lord’s working in his life?
I’m not sure why he was chosen, but I can tell you this — I want to be open to any and all gifts the Lord has planned for me. I want to let Him work in my life in a way that is amazing.
I want to be a Bezalel of this generation.
How about you?