Daily Reading: Exodus 31, 32; Matthew 24:1-14
“I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,” (Exodus 31:3, NASB95)
God had given Moses the plans for the tabernacle, but others would be involved in labour and design (see also Ex. 31:6). God has not only chosen Bezalel by name (Ex. 31:2), but He has also filled him with the Spirit of God. Since the work of the tabernacle was modelled on a heavenly reality, Bezalel would need to have spiritual wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and craftsmanship. His personal best would not be good enough for the place where God would meet with His people and make atonement for their sin. Being filled with the gift of craftsmanship may not at first seem very spiritual, but since the physical tabernacle displays a heavenly reality, it would be absolutely necessary.
We also are part of God’s temple work, the actual living stones that God is using to form His building (Eph. 2:21-22; 1 Pet. 2:5). The first three qualities are very similar to the gifts of the Spirit found in 1 Cor. 12:8, but 1 Cor. 12:28 also adds “helps” and “administrations”. In Acts, the apostles tell the people to select seven men who are “full of the Spirit and wisdom,” so that they can look after the administration of food (Acts 6:1-3). These qualities might not seem to be the most spiritual in nature either, but whatever God calls people to do within the church or without, He equips us for the work by His Spirit. When God calls us to do something, he always supplies us with what we need. The Spirit has distributed gifts to each member, just as He wills (1 Cor. 12:12), not to lift up one member, but for the benefit of the whole body. They must be used in love, or they are useless like a noisy gong or clanging symbol (1 Cor. 13:1-3). How has God equipped you for the work within the body? Are you using His gifts for the work of the kingdom?