A Devotional by Margot Cioccio
|The prayer loft at Church where some of my art is displayed.|
30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts— 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them master craftsmen and designers.
I guess for this devotional I am taking you along on one of my little pondering adventures. I can't say I have sorted it all out but in my little study I came across some things that I find interesting. How did I get off on this little rabbit trail adventure? Yesterday when I was being prayed for at the Healing Rooms one of the people spoke of God blessing my blood line and my tribe. I suppose I don't have a lot of insight into tribes and bloodlines and so I have kind of gone off on a Holy Spirit led search of what that might mean and how it might apply to me. I can't say I've gotten it all sorted out at this point but I found some things that kind of have jumped up to gain my attention.
So I found myself thinking agin about Bezalel and Oholiab the guys that are some of the first to be filled with the Spirit of God in a time when God was not filling people with His Spirit. These guys are the ones who are anointed to create all the things needed to make the transportable house of worship called the Tabernacle.
The story of Bezalel and Oholiab is one that I find particularly interesting as an artist. Why does God choose these two guys. It is not their own skill or ability because it says that he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ablilty and knowledge of all kinds of crafts. They are given not only the ability to create but the ability to teach others. I think it is interesting that one is from the ruling tribe Judah and other is from Dan considered a lesser tribe. If you trace things back a bit you will find what it says about the tribe of Dan. When the sons of Israel are blessed this is the blessing that Dan receives in Genesis 49:16 “Dan[g] will provide justice for his people
as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan will be a serpent by the roadside,
a viper along the path,
that bites the horse’s heels
so that its rider tumbles backward.
18 “I look for your deliverance, O LORD.
If you look back a bit further you will find the story of Rachel wife of Jacob who is barrin while her sister Leah keeps popping out babies. She decides to solve that by giving Jacob her servant to have children for her. From her is born the son Dan.
Genesis 301 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”
2 Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?”
3 Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my maidservant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and that through her I too can build a family.”
4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan.[a]