Exodus 31: Set Apart

What struck me right away as I read through the start of Exodus Chapter 31 was that God chose and called Bezalel and Ohiliab by name. They were known by Him and specifically chosen to accomplish the work that needed to be done. I thought to myself, wow, that’s how God knows me. He pursued me, chose me, and called me into a deep intimate relationship with Him through Jesus to accomplish what He has created me to do. That immediately brought Ephesians 2:10 to my mind where we are told that “ we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He prepared in advance for us to do”. That made me realize that my good works come out of my relationship with Jesus, which allows me to trust God, and not myself, for the good works that will flow out of my life… 

And in order to accomplish the intricate workmanship that needed to be done, God equipped everyone that would be involved in the work. God filled Bezalel with His Holy Spirit to empower him and give him all the wisdom and ability that he would need. The amazing part was that Holy Spirit came upon him for that specific task and then left him. What I thought right away was…wait a minute, I have the Holy Spirit living in me right now. He came to live in me when I became a Christian. What an absolutely amazing truth that is…!! For Bezalel the Holy Spirit came and left, but for me, and for every Christ follower, the Holy Spirit never leaves…He is with us forever. I can continually draw upon the strength, power and love of the Holy Spirit to equip me in every situation that I will go through in my life. That so reinforced for me how relational our God is and the incredible depth of His love for me and for each one of us. Ephesians 3:20 came to mind where we are told “ now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or imagine, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory”…

In the latter half of the chapter God spoke to Moses about keeping the Sabbath. One thing that struck me in this section was where God told Moses that the Sabbath was a sign for all generations that “God is the Lord who sanctifies you”. This was an ongoing reminder to Israel that they were God’s chosen ones who were “set apart” for Him from all other people, in the same way that the Sabbath was “set apart” from the other days of the week.  That so reminded me of how I am “set apart” for God and His purposes in my life today…and how God is continually working in my life to sanctify me, to make me more like Jesus, my Savior, every day, as I journey down the road of life. And I am so humbled and blessed when I reflect on my life and see the characteristics of God growing in me as outlined in Galatians 5:22…”but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”…which leaves me in the place where all I want to do praise and thank Him for how He is using my life to make an impact on this earth for Him…

— Max

Application Questions

Do you ask the Holy Spirit to equip and empower you each day or do you tend to “handle things” in your own strength…??

Do you ever take the time to reflect on your life to see how God is growing His characteristics in you…??

Is the desire of your heart to become more and more like Jesus each day…??