30
Jan
11

Craftsmanship

As God instructs the Israelites about the tabernacle and it’s articles, we read

“Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide. Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze.  Make all its utensils of bronze—its pots to remove the ashes, and its shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and firepans.  Make a grating for it, a bronze network, and make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the network.  Put it under the ledge of the altar so that it is halfway up the altar.  Make poles of acacia wood for the altar and overlay them with bronze.  The poles are to be inserted into the rings so they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried.  Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain.Exodus 30:1-8

God gives several chapters of very detailed instructions in this area of the Bible.  What does this tell us about God’s character?

I think it tells us that God likes order, and he likes things that work.  God made the universe to be perfect originally, but sin stands in the way of that – for the moment.  I believe that God is honored when we build things, and make things better – it is a reminder of His perfect plan.  And good news – things will be prefect again one day in heaven.

In Exodus 30-1-11, God mentions two men – Bezalel and Oholiab – and He calls then craftsmen.  It seems that God is interested in men who display the trait of craftsmanship, and who can make things according to His designs.  And this is still true today – when we create, God is honored when we do a good job and pay attention to designs and specifications.  If this were not true of God, would He have devoted whole chapters in the Bible to this level of detail?

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