05 August 2008

Good Ol’ Bez – 5.2.08

Exodus 31 introduces us to a great Bible character by the name of Bezaleel. Off the point, but maybe interesting…I knew a guy once by the name of Bezaleel Melchizidek. He had a few brothers…who were also named Bezaleel Melchizidek. (If I remember the story correctly, his parents were trying to confuse Big Brother.) He went by "Bez" (which probably made kindergarten a bit easier), and I'd be willing to bet the brothers went by "Mel" and "Zeke."

Anyway, I believe it'd do us all some good to become more familiar with the Bezaleel of the Bible.

EXODUS 31:1-6

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, See I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. 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…

A couple quick lessons we can all learn from the record of this great man.

1. You don't have to be a "preacher" to be in need of power and wisdom from God.

2. You don't have to be "called to preach" to accomplish something for the cause of Christ.

Bez wasn't leading the nation, he was making some furniture. He wasn't a clergyman, he was a craftsman. But God gave Him His Spirit, His wisdom, understanding, knowledge…so Bez could accomplish a work that would be pleasing to the Lord. The command is given in Ephesians 5:18 for all believers to be under the controlling influence of the indwelling Spirit of God. Are you? James 1:5 says that any of us who lack wisdom are free to ask of God. Do you?

No matter what your calling, the Holy Spirit can enable and empower you to be a profitable servant of the Lord and build up the body of Christ. So study hard, get good grades, learn a trade, have a successful career, be the best at what you do. But do it for the Lord!

3. We all need help.

In addition to God's spirit and God's wisdom, Bez was blessed with some buddies to help out in the work. And none of us can live this Christian life the way God would have us live it without the exhortation, encouragement, reproof, etc. we receive from our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Our minds should be made up that we would serve the Lord alone if we had to, but for right now, none of us has to. We all ought to take full advantage of the opportunities we have to fellowship with saved people around God's word and around God's work. And we should all be fully engaged in the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

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