TWO COMPETENT CRAFTSMEN – Intro to Lesson 4 – Oct. 6 – 13

Do you believe that when people create something of great beauty, it brings a smile to the face of God? When a composer writes “an elaborate musical composition for full orchestra”, which we call a symphony, does it please Him? When a sculptor is able to take a piece of stone or wood and gradually carve out a recognizable and detailed person or creature, does He cheer? When a gardener carefully decides what flowers should be in the garden and then some time later there is an array of color and beauty that is spectacular, is there a exclamation of approval that comes from heaven? Perhaps we should even ask ourselves if it is a joyful and good thing in the sight of God whenever His children use their creative talents, whatever they might be.

While the Israelites were in slavery in Egypt, it is unlikely that the parents of two particular young boys realized that someday these boys would be the “project managers” for an extremely big and important project. The talent of those boys must have been obvious because they learned to be master designers and craftsmen when they were in slavery. Apparently they also observed during those formative years how to motivate and oversee people as well as how to delegate work and inspire the others to do their very best. Isn’t it interesting that when God gave Moses the explicit and detailed instructions for building the tabernacle, the place of His presence, that Moses also understood that it was “the Lord who had gifted these young men with the wisdom and ability to build this sanctuary”.   In fact, for the first time in Scripture, we learn that they were “filled with the Spirit of God.” Only the best of materials and the finest of workmanship were used so that this place would reflect the beauty of God’s character in every way possible.

It is true that very few of us will become famous or have our name in the limelight somewhere, but all of us have the opportunity to hear Jesus say to us, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” Isn’t that the best recognition possible?

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