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You Got Skills

Posted: Tuesday, February 10

Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Exodus 30:11-31:18
Matthew 26:47-68
Psalm 32:1-11
Proverbs 8:27-32

 

Verse of the day:

And I have filled him (Bezalel) with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skill (Exodus 31:3)


God gave Moses a huge to-do-list of things to make as well as instructions on how they were to be made.  The list includes the tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the atonement cover, the table of shewbread, the gold lampstand, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering, the water basin and its stand, the priestly garments, the anointing oil, the fragrant incense and all their articles, accessories and utensils (Exodus 31:7-11).  God tells Moses He has chosen Bezalel, filled him with the Spirit of God and given him skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts to help Moses with the list. Bezalel could work with precious metals, stone, wood and more (Exodus 31:2-4).  God also told Moses that He appointed an assistant for Bezalel who was an engraver, designer and embroiderer named Oholiad (Exodus 31:6; 38:23).   In addition to these two, God gave skills to all the craftsmen to do the work He had commanded Him (Exodus 31:6).

 

Do you know that God still gives talents, skills and abilities to people?  They may be big, small, many or few but He gives them to us just the same.  Your gift(s) might be cooking, singing, working with wood, painting, arts and crafts, sewing, writing, baking, gardening, teaching, speaking, mechanics, acting, playing a musical instrument, etc.  (Sorry, if I missed yours.) All these gifts and more are given to be used for the same thing that these guys’ gifts were used - to bring glory to God.  The sad thing is many don’t see it that way.  They see their gifts as a way to seek their fame and their fortune and their “glory”.  They think they can use these gifts any way they want, even to the dishonoring or mocking of God.  The next story in the book of Exodus illustrates this well.

 

In Exodus 32, Moses is still up on the mountain talking to God and the people get restless.  The people tell Aaron to make them “gods who will go before us”.  So Aaron, using evident skill in working with gold, makes the golden calf and the people worship it.  You see, the same skill (working with gold) that was to be used to bring honor to God in chapter 31 now was being used to bring dishonor to Him in chapter 32.  God has blessed you with talents and abilities whether you realize it or not.  He has.  How you use those talents is up to you.  You can use them for good or bad, to honor God or dishonor him, to bring glory to God or glory to self.  It’s your choice.  I hope you choose well.  Choose to bring glory and honor to God and to do good with what God has given you.