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Bezalel (2004-08-16 - 5:14 p.m.)

In Scribbling in the Sand, Michael Card mentions a little know Old Testament personality, called Bezalel. Here is how Bezalel is introduced:

"Then Yahweh said to Moses, 'See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability 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 craftsmanship.'" (Exodus 31:1-5)

This comes in the middle of Card's chapter called "The Call to Create." There was apparently nothing that Bezalel was incapable of doing, creatively. He is also the first person in Scripture that is said to be filled with the Spirit. He was chosen by God, and equipped by God, to perform a task. The central focus of that task was creativity.

The chapter ends with this paragraph:

God is an artist and he is beautiful. He has woven his image into the fabric of our lives, which explains our drive to create things which are beyond us and which we don't always understand. Perhaps more important, he has issued a call to us that carries with it the possibility of obedience or disobedience: the call to respond to his beauty with creative worship. Our response cannot be centered in self, like the builders of Babel. We cannot afford to misuse our gifts. The Bible has shown us how costly that can be. God calls us to create a space in time for ourselves and others to meet with God, to gaze upon his beauty and to worship him.

This, my friends, is the task which I undertake each Sunday morning. It is an awesome task, and I am so very unworthy of it. Yet, it is my calling, so I must pursue it.

I pray for the filling of the Spirit like Bezalel had.

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