Exodus 35:30 – 36:2 Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer. “Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.” And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.
The message at church yesterday was talking about the high calling of pastors as shepherds. It was also mentioned that our church was looking to add more pastors, and were asking the congregation to be on the prowl to spot who might be a potential candidate. As I read by Bible this morning, I got to wondering if the seminary was not the only place to find the next pastor, but rather walking the isles of Menards?
Bazalel and Oholiab construction had some amazing folks working for them. The Spirit of God filled these men with skill, intelligence, knowledge, excellence in craftsmanship, a love for designing, diligence in their work ethic, and had the one trait needed to be qualified according to 1 Timothy and Titus; they could teach.
Would you feel comfortable if your pastor showed up to your midweek service with sawdust on his boots and fresh cuts on his hands? Would you like it if he showed up with hammer in hand the next time you needed a shed built, or had a moldy window that needed replacement? Could your pastor rival your teenage son in designing a lego ship that would withstand the next hurricane? Do you see your teenage son’s lego skills as potential hints of his move to the ministry? Does he love working with you in the garage? Does he love walking the isles of Menards? … Just saying… Maybe there’s something more going on in the heart of your child then being only a carpenter. After all, our Lord Jesus was a carpenter and certainly would have shown up with dust on his boots to help you build a shed.