Exodus 35: God Gives Us Our Talent
The children of Israel were beginning to build all of the things that God told Moses about in the past few chapters. The Ark of the Covenant and Aaron’s garments were especially on the to-do list in Exodus 35. However, the creation of all these things was rather technical, and I am sure it would have been a challenge.
Exo 35:30 And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
Exo 35:31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;
Exo 35:32 And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
Exo 35:33 And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.
Exo 35:34 And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.
Exo 35:35 Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.
These two men, Bezaleel and Aholiab, are mentioned by name. In order to make this massive project happen, and they needed God’s help. These men might have been great workmen before, but God particularly blessed them to make any type of project that was necessary for this important mission. For such important implements, they had to be even better than usual.
I think that this can happen to a lot of us as well. When God calls us to do a particular project, He will give us the strength to finish it.
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Notice the fact that we are supposed to run the race while we are looking to Jesus. Without looking, we won’t know where we’re going, and we also will have the motivation we need to finish it. God provides us the strength to make it happen.
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Our strength comes directly from God as well as our talent. We are supposed to use them both for the glory of God.