Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— 8 the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— 10 and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.” Exodus 31:1-11
I love these passages where God calls out unknown people by name. We know nothing else about them except for their artisan skills. They must have been at the top of their game for the Lord to call them out like this. They were considered the best of the best.
Bezalel and Oholiab were in charge of the build, but at least Bezalel was filled with the Spirit and with Godly attributes, certainly an added benefit for the work they would be doing.
How did they get to be so talented, and how did they rise to the top so that the Lord would notice?
Well, He noticed because He notices everything. He’s well aware of even those things done in secret both good and bad: cutting corners, fudging numbers, the finest detail that a microscope couldn’t see, spending hours meticulously crafting a statue or painting. He sees it all, every single bit of it.
Just imagine being given such a monumental task, knowing what the Lord expected. Well, because they had earned a reputation for quality craftsmanship, they went to the head of the line. Anything they did was going to be fabulous.
We will not all be Bezalels or Oholiabs. They were the cream of the crop, but we can certainly all do our best at what we do.
Does God expect perfection? Hardly. Did He expect it for these two artisans? No, but they still needed to follow the directions He set forth. The Lord knew He would get a quality product with these two craftsmen at the helm. He also knew they would follow His directions to the tee.
His directions and guidance is there in the Word of God for a reason. We may not ever know some of those reasons, but He does desire us to be obedient. He makes it easy too with the help of the Holy Spirit in our lives.