Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.
Hard working artists and craftsmen have always had a prominent place in the Bible. When God gave instructions to Moses on building the Tabernacle, they included making sure that the items were made with the highest level of excellence. Moses brought in the best carpenters and tailors to accomplish the task. What is so interesting about this passage of scripture in Exodus is that God names the people that He wants on His team. In advance of building the tabernacle, God had filled these individuals with the Holy Spirit so they could do the work. Through their supernatural gifts, they were about to build pieces of art, sew garments, and construct a place that ushered the Jewish people into the presence of the Lord.
We don't often think about how important it is for people to have the supernatural gift and expertise in all kinds of crafts. At Sagebrush though, we know just how important this gift is because they are a huge part of our church. We have car mechanics who can fix problems in our pit stop ministry for those who can't afford automobile repairs. The people who serve in this ministry feel God's presence as He uses their gifts. We have a committed group of carpenters who help us build needed items for our carnival every year. They start the woodworking projects in October, so we are ready for all of our events during Christmas. Every year, we also complete construction projects through our Mission programs all around the world. We have an army of volunteers who serve during M1 Game Day quarterly that paint, clean, and renovate schools and other facilities that are in disrepair.
Those who have the spiritual gift of crafts allow God's generosity to flow through them. They are some of the most fulfilled people. They are the type of people who say the words, "I was made for this!" Through using their gifts, talents, and abilities, our church also thrives, and the world takes notice of the goodness of God.
If you love to work with your hands and are naturally wired up to craft, build, and fix stuff, we would love to have you on the team. When you come this weekend to service, sign up to serve in one of these areas: Pit Stop, Setup and Tear Down, M1ssion, M1 Game Day, or the Events Construction Team. We would love to have you share your abilities with our church. If you're ready to sign up right now, use the serving sign-up under the Decisions Tab of the app. One final thought. This weekend we kick off a brand-new series called Things that Make You Go, "Hmm." In your notes below, write out the name of a friend that you plan to invite.
Read Exodus 31:1-11 (NLT)
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!
“And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make:
the Tabernacle;the Ark of the Covenant;the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement;all the furnishings of the Tabernacle;the table and its utensils;the pure gold lampstand with all its accessories;the incense altar;the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils;the washbasin with its stand;the beautifully stitched garments—the sacred garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to wear as they minister as priests;the anointing oil;the fragrant incense for the Holy Place.
The craftsmen must make everything as I have commanded you.”
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