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, knowledge, and all manner of workmanship. The most important thing we must have for doing the Lord’s work is the filling of His Spirit. Without the Spirit of God filling us, we are like a sail without wind, a car without gas, and a runner without lungs.
We see his election.
God called Bezaleel to construct the tabernacle. God wanted the tabernacle work done by the best man for the job. He was qualified technically: he could “devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.” God called him because of his skill but also because he was submissive, spiritual, and qualified in his supervisory ability. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. God called him to a noble and important work. Anything God calls us to is a noble and important work.
We see his execution.
Bezaleel got the job done exactly as God gave the order. Everything was done according to specification. Nothing was missed, overlooked, or left undone. The tabernacle stood out in its magnificence and glory. Outwardly, it motioned people towards sacrifices, offerings, and the worship of God. God calls us to get things done. We must be careful of just doing things versus getting things done. We must get things done in a timely manner and with the goal of glorifying God and being a blessing to the people of God. Don’t leave things undone. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Live in the shadow of God and be ready to execute whatever it is He calls you to do.
Have a Spirit-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Hebrews1-6