By Andrea Lennon
Bezalel and Oholiab. Have you heard of them? Would it surprise you to know that their stories are recorded in the living enduring Word of God? That's right. Two guys who never dreamed you and I would "talk" about them are well represented in the pages of God's Holy Book.
Let me assure you that the story of Bezalel and Oholiab is quite ordinary. Perhaps that is what I like best about these two guys, I can relate to them. I know what it is like to live a regular life with a daily routine. However, these two ordinary guys were used by God in extraordinary ways.
Exodus, chapters 31-38, records the story of Bezalel and Oholiab. In Exodus 31, Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments and other instructions the nation of Israel needed in order to function as God's chosen people. A good portion of the instructions focused on how Moses was to have the Tabernacle and its contents built. The Tabernacle in the Old Testament was a moveable tent that served as the physical dwelling place for the presence of God.
In Exodus 31:1-6, we discover God's plan for building the Tabernacle and its contents. God said to Moses, "Look, I have appointed by name Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with God's Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut gemstones for mounting, and to carve wood for work in every craft. I have also selected Oholiab Son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be with him. I have placed wisdom within every skilled craftsman in order to make all that I have commanded you." (Holman Christian Standard)
In these six verses of scripture, we see the plan of God intersect with the lives of two unassuming artists. Bezalel and Oholiab were called to design articles for the Tabernacle. I do not know for sure, but I wonder if Bezalel and Oholiab were surprised to discover God's plan for their lives. Perhaps they were the Ty Pennington of their day - able to design anything in a moment's notice. Even if that was the case, a sense of awesome responsibility had to rest on their shoulders as they contemplated designing articles for God's dwelling.
Three details intrigue me each time I read this account in scripture. First, I'm intrigued by the specific way God called Bezalel and Oholiab. Did you notice that God called them by name? In this truth, we see the intimacy of God tucked away in this Old Testament passage. Second, the skills and abilities that Bezalel and Oholiab needed in order to accomplish the God-sized task of designing articles for the Tabernacle were imparted. God filled these two men with His Spirit, wisdom, understanding, and ability to design. Third, as Bezalel and Oholiab obeyed God by surrendering to His plan, the dwelling place for the very presence of God was established.
Today as you think about the lives of two unassuming artists, I want to challenge you to look at your life; what has God called you to do? Whatever it is, you can know that God has called you by your name. Allow this truth to turn your eyes and heart to a very personal God who loves you and has an amazing plan for your life. Once you have identified His plan for your life, rest in the fact that God provides everything you need in order to fulfill His plan. God gives you His Spirit, wisdom, understanding, and ability to meet the challenges that result from His call on your life. As you obey God's plan, you can get excited about the fact that His presence will dwell with you in a very special way. This is true because God's presence is no longer "housed" in a tent. No. For New Testament believers in Jesus Christ, God lives inside our hearts and should permeate every area of our lives. Today, surrender to God's plan and you too will live an extraordinary life for God