5. Follow God’s pattern (Ex. 25:9; 40; 26:30; 27:8). God has a way He wants things done. His insistence about this with Moses is notable. Strategy matters to God. Wood, hay, and stubble are real and will be burned. Moses inspected all the work to make sure it was done just the way the LORD had commanded (Ex. 39:43). With this willingness to be given to detail, he received a good report from God that he was faithful in all His house. We are also ministers (servants) of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful (I Cor. 4:2). We must then…
6. Employ God’s personnel (Ex. 31:1-6). I’ve got to believe when God was giving those precise instructions for the tabernacle to Moses with all of the “Thou shalt makes,” he could have been thinking “And who is going to do this?” Growing up in the palace and then caring for sheep didn’t necessarily equip Moses in the trades. But God, as always, had a plan to provide His leaders with gifted, passionate partners. These words from God must have brought great relief to Moses. Listen to them carefully.
“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 silver, and in brass, and in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab–: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee.”
I am choking up as I write this because I have experienced firsthand how the God who ordained the message and the manner in which it was presented also raised up the materials for the project and the men to put it together. It’s fantastic! There needs to be an integrity about our waiting on God that allows us to realize who He is calling. They are
7. Motivated by God’s power (Ex. 31:3). My mentors in revival encouraged me to learn the difference between good men, church men, and Spirit-appointed men. These kinds are not always found amongst the seminary grads or shrewd business executives. Note also that competence and character can come in the same package. Be assured that bad staff is worse than no staff at all. Wait on God. He has someone in mind, and he may be nestled in your own congregation.
There came a time in our ministry when we discovered that the best ministers for us were those who were growing up with us. They often came from the faithful who weathered well the storms we had gone through. Your attitude as a leader will make a great difference in whether or not your men and women even want to join the team. It is so invigorating to watch God put in the heart of your own flock a desire to join the cause. Note the words God used here: Spirit of God, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, all manner of workmanship, devise cunning works. And God repeatedly said that He would put all this in them! We need to wait and look for the Bezaleels and the Aholiabs who lead the wise-hearted to build all that God has commanded. Those who then…
8. Serve for God’s glory (Ex. 39:30, 32). The following words describe final movements of the hands of the craftsmen. “And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like to the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD,” (v.30).
The artists did not inscribe the piece with their own name; they signed God’s name. They credited the real artist. How different our ministries when the staff and laborers intentionally serve for God’s glory. You know what happens when we live like this? God signs His name to us. Notice, “Thus was all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation finished: and the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they” (v. 32). “And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them,” (v. 43).
Knowing neither the full reason behind all the details, nor the end of the story, these pilgrims simply obeyed and received a well done from God and Moses.
The crowning moment of this endeavor is described in Exodus 40:34, 35.
“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”
God was obviously present and actively in charge. God chose to dwell with them, to be seen by them, and to go with them throughout all their journeys. God always finishes what He sets out to do, and God always does it right the first time. This is that any ministry can expect when we start with God’s glory and end with God’s glory.
Without elaboration from me, take time to compare this glory with the tragedy that comes when people decide to operate independently from God and mold their own calf (Ex. 32).