Sacred Work

July 30, 2021

Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 36

Common sense, spiritual sense and yes, it is the tradition of our people. Different tasks assigned and accepted, according to differing abilities. The strategy makes good sense. Holiness accentuates our work.

The gifting of God, caused by God, granted by God, placed by God, Potter to the clay, Artisan to the raw materials, creating wonders. During the events set out in Exodus 36 God is busy with the people. Drafted Tabernacle plans are provided. We stand in wonder as again the Creator creates (Genesis 1:1). 

Opening words from Tabernacle construction days: “So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded” (Exodus 36:1 emphasis added). The sanctuary, the Tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting is not being constructed based on the design of humanity. The design work is directly delivered from Heaven’s court.

Led by Moses, God’s people were to follow God’s construction instructions. This was true for both the participants as well as for donors who brought gifts of construction materials (Exodus 36:3-7).

As you observe that God is the Giver of the skills needed to construct the Tent of Meeting, be sure to check out the entire historical account.  Grasping the details can be a challenging but rewarding project.

Finally, if you think matching task to talent is a concept taught throughout Scripture, you are correct. Disciples have a strong and vibrant spiritual heritage documented in both testaments. Check out the theme of matching talents to tasks, in an apostle’s words to the churches (Romans 12:3-8).

Life Application Questions

Does God always call disciples to particular tasks?

Are there tasks, which some might call secular projects, for which you feel God has given you specific talents?

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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