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Bezalel - A Man Correctly Involved In The Work Of God

"The LORD has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship"

Exodus 35:31


In the Brazilian political calendar, October is the month of the important choice of the men who will rule the business of the Nation in the political area. The success of our government depends on this choice!

Unfortunately the choices have not been made correctly and the result is the deplorable state we experience in the life of the Nation. Rare are the chosen ones who involve themselves correctly in the difficult and important work of governing! This led me to consider the need of men who correctly involve themselves in the Work of God. We find a worthy example in Bezalel.

Though a little known person, he was of great value in the historic scenery of Israel. We read of him in Exodus 31:2,3; 35:30-35; 36:1-34 e 38:22. Entrusted with the main measures for the construction of the Tabernacle, he provides us with opportune lessons as to how we should involve ourselves correctly in the Lord's Work.

It is not sufficient for us to make available material resources, supposing that in that way we have fulfilled our correct involvement in the Work of God. The material investment is necessary and very useful, but the personal investment is essential (2Cor.8:5). Let us see some lessons that Bezalel left us:

  1. Conviction of his calling (Exo.35:30) - We read there that "the LORD has called by name Bezalel". This doesn't mean that we have to await a special "touch" which will define the calling of the Lord. The decision to involve ourselves in the Work of the Lord is something which happens naturally as a result of our personal relationship with Christ. Mitchell said: "I cannot take souls closer to Christ than I am myself". The calling of the Lord to every Christian has already been made when He commissioned us (Matt.28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).
  2. Enabled by the Lord (Exo.35:31) - The text says: "The LORD has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge". Nobody can be correctly involved in the Work of the Lord sustained only by his personal capacity, be it at an intellectual, artistic or some other level. God wants to use us as we are and with what we have and we cannot deny Him anything. But the spiritual enabling is essential, only attained by our correct relationship with the Lord God and His Word. In the text we find three elements of this enabling:
    1. The "origin" of the enabling: is the "Spirit of God". See John 14:17, 26 and 16:13.
    2. The "measure" of the enabling: it is "full". The text says that the Lord "filled him". The Lord wants to fully enable us. We have there the important idea defined by Paul as the "fulness of the Spirit" (Eph.5:18). We must give total space in us to the Holy Spirit so that He may have conditions to operate amply.
    3. The "amplitude" of the enabling: Bezalel was enabled with: (1) workmanship; (2) wisdom; (3) understanding. The important areas of his personality were touched by the ample operation of the Spirit, which placed him in a condition to be able to get correctly involved in the Work of the Lord (1Co.2:6-16).
  3. The ability to teach others (to make disciples) (Ex.35:34) - The text says: "And He has put in his heart the ability to teach." One of the basic characteristics of the servant of the Lord is his constant application in teaching others, involving them also in the Work. Unfortunately there are not many who develop this ability, thereby invalidating the effectiveness of the Work for God. See Matthew 28:19-20 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations … teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you". ; Matt 28:20 (NKJV) Paul advised Timothy: "the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2Tim.2:2). The involvement of others in the Work of the Lord is our duty.
  4. Always prepared to work (Exo.36:1) - The text says: "Then wrought Bezalel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding…" Exo.36:1 (KJV) Idleness and laziness are incompatible with the correct involvement in the Work of the Lord. Many precious opportunities of serving are lost because of this deficiency in the performance of the Work of the Lord. We must always be ready to work, taking advantage of the opportunities which the Lord offers to us, doing our share in the time of God. See John 5:17; 2 Timothy 4:2-5; 1 Corinthians 15:58.
  5. Faithfulness in the work (Exo.38:22) - The text says: "Bezalel… made all that the LORD had commanded Moses." (NKJV). It is not sufficient to do a lot. Only that which is done in the exact measurement of the will of the Lord is of worth. The model of the tabernacle had been given by the Lord, with all its details. Bezalel and his companions made all according to the model (Heb.8:5).

Our involvement in the Work of the Lord will only be correct if we are faithful in the fulfilment of our heavenly calling. May the lessons of Bezalel serve us in the correct involvement in the Work of God.