And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee; ~Exodus 31:6
There is a tremendous feeling of accomplishment in our heart when we can start and finish a major project. It is even more gratifying to have reliable and faithful people who share the same vision and come alongside of you to help get it done. This morning, let us see a man who is little known but was given the great responsibility of being the “second man” to the building of the Tabernacle. Let us see the “helping hands” of Aholiab.
We see the servant.
Aholiab was God’s gift to Bezaleel and Moses to build the Tabernacle. Where we find Bezaleel’s name, we also see Aholiab. As a servant, his first goal was to be at the side of Bezaleel in providing all the necessary services for the Tabernacle construction. His second goal was to complement the work of Bezaleel. He is never mentioned as the lead but only as the helper to Bezaleel. His third goal was to work on this one project until it was done. The Apostle Paul said, “This one thing I do.” As a servant, make sure you are doing the one thing that you are supposed to be doing.
We see the supply.
Aholiab was equipped with special gifts and skillsets that were unique for the Tabernacle construction. He is called “wise hearted.” He was very skilled as “an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.” He was competent for this work. God uses us most when we are studied up and expertly skilled. He had chemistry for this work. He could work well with Bezaleel and the others who helped. He was not someone who stepped on or over others. He was commendable. The mention of his skillsets indicates that God gave Bezaleel the best man in the congregation to help him.
We see the stirring.
“And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it.” Aholiab was a man on fire for God. He was extremely motivated to be the helper to God, Moses, and Bezaleel. He did not enter this building project with an indifferent or uncaring attitude. They were building the Tabernacle where God would be worshipped and His presence would meet with them. It’s one thing to have helping hands: it’s another thing to have helping hands that are enthused and excited about what they have been called to do.
We see the success.
The day came when the Tabernacle was completed and all of Israel rejoiced. Aholiab is only mentioned in association with the building of the Tabernacle. However, the fact that he is mentioned alongside Bezaleel and Moses is noteworthy. Aholiab’s name means “my father’s tent.” His name embodied his most important contribution in his life. The greatest thing that he did was help build something that gave glory to God. He contributed to this project with his money, his skills, his time, his expertise, and his life.
God is still in need of some Aholiabs in His church. Perhaps, today, you are one of many helping hands whom God could use to help His work.
Have a helpful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Exodus 10-12