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Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)
TITLE: Seeing Beyond the Veil
By Eva Piscitell
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Bezalel worked steadily at his task. As he worked, his thoughts returned to the conversation with Moses. Moses had said, "The Lord has chosen you above all men to perform the artisan work for His temple." Bezalel remembered feeling stunned at those words, and an immediate overwhelming sense of inadequacy. The Lord was building a tabernacle for His presence, and wanted him to be the master craftsman on the work. When Bezalel admitted his fears, Moses had assured him the Lord had chosen him and would provide all he needed to accomplish His work. He encouraged him giving him the words the Lord had spoken personally of him, "I have filled him with My Spirit, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship." Yes, he had experience in these areas, but to craft the very tabernacle of the Lord? He remembered feeling so overwhelmed, even after Moses encouraged him telling him that God would provide others like Aholiab to work alongside him. He had heard of Aholiab's craftsman skill and felt a little better. But it was not Aholiab Moses was standing before at that moment telling him that God had called him by name. It was such a great and humbling honor to be sure; was he capable of a project of this magnitude? Yet who was Bezalel, son of Ur, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, to refuse the Lord?
His attention returned to the work before him. As he looked down at the tabernacle that was even now being crafted, at the beauty of the yet unfinished cherubim that seemed almost surreal in their beauty, at the skilled artisans that had been brought in to help in the work, he saw before him the reality of The Lord's power to bring about whatever He wished to accomplish, no matter how tremendous it seemed. He felt a great humility down to his very being. His eyes welled up as he remembered Moses telling him that the Lord would speak to His people from the tabernacle that Bezalel and the others would produce using the Lord's marvelously crafted plan and instructions. He marveled at the never before seen skills in himself that seemed to leap out of his very soul-he had never before produced anything to compare with what the Lord was producing here. Surveying the beauty of the completed work that surrounded him, the acacia wood, the purest gold, the sacred threads of blue, purple, and scarlet, he uttered a word of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. To the One who had crafted all of creation, himself included, Who was allowing him to be a part of His awesome workmanship.
Bezalel took a deep breath and went back to the work before him. He knew he was crafting what would be the most important work of his life and he realized that he, in this awesome work of the Lord, was also being crafted into something new and beautiful. He would never be the same. Moses had told him that once the work was completed, all of their finished work would be placed beyond the beautiful veil that was even now being woven together with the yarn spun from the sacred threads, and he would never see his crafter's work again. He said a silent prayer at that moment that the Lord would be glorified in that work, but most especially in the work that the Lord Himself was doing in him. He breathed a silent amen. There was work yet to be done.
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