“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! “ – Exodus 31:1-5.
Before Sunday, have you ever heard of Bezalel? He is mentioned in Exodus 31. We don’t know much about him other than he was one of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness with Moses. About the time of the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai, God instructed Moses to build a tabernacle. This is where Bezalel enters the picture. God “filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him skill and know-how and expertise in every kind of craft to create designs and work in gold, silver, and bronze; to cut and set gemstones; to carve wood—he’s an all-around craftsman.” (MSG))
We don’t know if Bezalel had some skills in that area and God gave him an extra something – talent, skill, and inspiration. But we do know that God gave him those skills. And further know that this extra giftedness allowed him to complete tasks that were important to God.
Our children, regardless of how we may feel some days, have one or more talents, or gifts. It may not be a talent treasured by society. But our kids have one or more things he or she was born with the ability to do better than the average person. I think this passage is an example of where God can sometimes give us a little extra something to enable us to do things He wants done in His Kingdom. Remember your child’s gifts are from God and are because God has a plan for your child.
I would love to talk with Bezalel. I would love to see what he thought of the gifts that God gave him. And secondly, how it felt to use his gifts from God in such special ways. I wonder how he continued to use his gifts after the Tabernacle was completed. And finally, I wonder what he would tell our kids today about developing their gifts so they too can use those gifts to serve our Lord and Savior.
- What comes to your mind when someone says, “spiritual gifts?” Why do some Christians fear this? Do you? If so, why?
- Are you passionate and excited about discovering and using your gifts?
- Do you believe spiritual gifts can be scary for our children and may cause them to hide in the fear of coming under conviction of God or moving outside of their comfort zone? If so, how can we change that?
- What can we do this week to teach our children that spiritual gifts are both a blessing and a responsibility?