In Exodus 26:1 God said to Moses “Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim worked into them by a skilled craftsman. 2 All the curtains are to be the same size—twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide.[a] 3 Join five of the curtains together, and do the same with the other five. 4 Make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and do the same with the end curtain in the other set. 5 Make fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the end curtain of the other set, with the loops opposite each other. 6 Then make fifty gold clasps and use them to fasten the curtains together so that the tabernacle is a unit.
7 “Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle—eleven altogether. 8 All eleven curtains are to be the same size—thirty cubits long and four cubits wide.[b] 9 Join five of the curtains together into one set and the other six into another set. Fold the sixth curtain double at the front of the tent. 10 Make fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in one set and also along the edge of the end curtain in the other set. 11 Then make fifty bronze clasps and put them in the loops to fasten the tent together as a unit. 12 As for the additional length of the tent curtains, the half curtain that is left over is to hang down at the rear of the tabernacle. 13 The tent curtains will be a cubit[c] longer on both sides; what is left will hang over the sides of the tabernacle so as to cover it. 14 Make for the tent a covering of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of hides of sea cows.
Why did I read that passage? To remind us all something about God. These are just the first parts of God’s plan for the tabernacle from Exodus 26. The plan goes on for many, many pages and covers everything from the construction of the tabernacle to the undergarments worn by the priests. It is extremely precise. God has a specific way He wants it done and he expects it to be done exactly that way.
God gifted these two guys named Bezalel and Oholiab to do the work of creating the intricate art of his tabernacle. The Bible says of Bezalel “(God) 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. His talent and his abilities to create art are a spiritual gift, how cool is that? But look what it says in Exodus 36 1 So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the LORD has commanded.”
I spend a lot of time encouraging people to live very creative lives and to do very creative things and I believe with all my heart that creativity is a gift from God but I also believe with all my heart that God has a very precise plan for the universe. The best way for us to honor God with our lives and our art is to submit our creativity to God. When we do this we will truly be using our gifts as God intended. Make your creativity your offering. Give it to God and prepare to be amazed by what He creates through you.
Bible Reading Guide
An important part of following God is knowing what He wants and a great way to know what He wants is to read His Word. Follow this plan and you will finish reading the Bible in a year.
Exodus 27,28; Psalm 10
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