Bezalel

Man living at the time of Egypt and Wilderness

Bezalel was a man of the tribe of Judah who lived during the time of the Exodus from Egypt and the wilderness journey. He is first mentioned in Exodus 31:2, where he is identified as the son of Uri. Bezalel was known for his skill in craftsmanship and was chosen by God to lead the construction of the tabernacle, along with Oholiab, another skilled craftsman.

Bezalel’s name means in the shadow (protection) of God. He was filled with the Spirit of God, wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in all kinds of crafts to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts (Exodus 31:2-5).

Bezalel’s craftsmanship and artistic abilities were instrumental in the construction of the tabernacle, its furnishings, and the priestly garments. He worked diligently and faithfully, using his talents for the glory of God and the service of the community.

As a biblical, we understand Bezalel’s story as a demonstration of God’s sovereignty in choosing and equipping individuals for specific tasks. Bezalel’s example reminds us that God gifts each believer uniquely for the work of the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). Just as Bezalel used his skills for the tabernacle, we are called to use our gifts and talents for the service of God and others (1 Peter 4:10-11).

Bezalel’s story also highlights the importance of excellence in work and craftsmanship. As Christians, we are called to do everything as unto the Lord, with excellence and dedication (Colossians 3:23). Bezalel’s obedience and skill in craftsmanship serve as an inspiration for us to use our talents for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom.

In conclusion, Bezalel was a skilled craftsman from the tribe of Judah who played a significant role in the construction of the tabernacle during the time of the Exodus and wilderness journey. His story teaches us about God’s sovereignty in gifting individuals, the importance of using our talents for God’s glory, and the call to excellence in all that we do.

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