In the Shadow of God
And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; ~Exodus 35:30
A shadow is an image or dark figure cast against the ground or a wall by a light against an object. A shadow provides a shade from the rays of the sun. We might use the idea of a shadow as a way of describing someone being mentored when we say, “He is following in my shadow.” For the purposes of our devotion, a shadow has a positive and powerful meaning. This morning, let us see Bezaleel, whose name means “in the shadow of God.”
We see his essence.
Bezaleel had a goodly heritage. He was a descendant of a father and grandfather who loved the Lord and served Him faithfully. Hur is mentioned in Exodus 17 as standing opposite of Aaron in holding up the hands of Moses. He came from a heritage of spiritual men who loved the Lord. Bezaleel had God’s help. He had God’s favor and protection on his life. Moses defined this as dwelling in the shadow of the Almighty. Bezaleel had a godly heart. He was one of the men who was on the Lord’s side. He had a personal walk with God. His heart was fixed, trusting in the Lord.
We see his equipping.
“And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.” Bezaleel was filled with the Spirit of God. He was the most skilled and proficient craftsman in Israel, but far above his mastery as a craftsman was the fact that he was surrendered to God for the filling of His Spirit. He was equipped in wisdom, understanding, knowl