Summary: God gives gifts to those who will honor Him with their lives. He chose Bezaleel to work with his hands and gave him wisdom and knowledge in building the Tabernacle.
ANOINTED TO LABOR
Over the years God has called people to do special jobs in the kingdom. Under the law God chose Prophets, Priests and Kings and placed his Anointing on them to accomplish His mission. And in this period of grace or the CHURCH age; God places his anointing on believers to accomplish His plan in the earth today.
We all received His spirit when we entered into the Kingdom of God, but God gives an extra measure of his anointing, to those who “seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.”
In the book of Ex. 31: 2/5 “See, I have called by name Bezaleel, 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. He is skilled in cutting of stones, to set them in place, carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.”
Have you ever heard of Bezaleel? Few people have. Yet, this important Bible character had an experience with God that should inspire and encourage each one of us.
Bezaleel was chosen as the chief architect, in building the Tabernacle, he was to design and execute the work, and assign work to those that God had given him. God had anointed Bezaleel to work with his hands. He was gifted for manual labor. God had not called him to preach, he was not gifted for music, and he was not placed on field of battle. God simply called him to build the Tabernacle.
Many people are slow to answer the call for service because they fear their work is not good enough; they feel that the work that is noticed is the only way to serve God. But that is not true.
God needed men like Moses, Aaron and Joshua; but He also needed Bezaleel! The work God called him to do was of such importance that God gave him a special anointing for the task. Moses had the spirit for administration and prophecy, Aaron had the spirit for the priesthood and Joshua had the spirit for conquest. But Bezaleel had the spirit for design and building.
His name, means “under God’s shadow”. He never became the great statesman and organizer that Moses did. His voice was never heard to preach to the host of Israel. Neither was he qualified for the priesthood. He was not gifted in military, was not able to accompany Joshua as he rode in the forefront of Israel’s army.
Unable to preach, sing, make music or serve as a priest or wage warfare. Yet, this man had within a divine gift, a spiritual anointing for a specific job, to build the tabernacle.
The Kingdom of God needs a multitude of workers in the various fields of labor. Each of us needs to find our place in the service of the Lord, and accept God’s anointing to fulfill that task.
If Israel had only statesmen, then who would have fought the battles? If all had been soldiers, then who would have served in the priesthood? So God chose Bezaleel to this special work of building a place where his presence would abide.
He was the principal workman in the building of the Tabernacle, the pattern of which came directly from God. When God chose Bezaleel it shows us that the Holy Spirit is sovereign in His work. Sometimes we may question why God does things the way he does and choose some people and not others, let us remember that his gifts are distributed severally as He wills.