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The building of the tabernacle was a building project of epic proportions. Every aspect of the construction was covered down to the minutest detail.

From the materials to the dimensions to the placement of articles, God left nothing for man to figure out on his own. He gave every instruction.

God even picked the men for this project:

“Then the Lord said to Moses,  “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.” (Exodus 31:1-2, NLT)

“And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be his assistant.” (verse 6, NLT)

God specifically and personally handpicked those who were to oversee this project.

But there was more – of Bezalel, God said:

“I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.” (verse 3, NLT)

God not only selected the men, He equipped them for the tasks they would need to do.

The building of the Tabernacle did not fall on solely these few men. There were many others who were needed, and God had this to say of them:

“Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make.” (verse 6, NLT)

God gave the craftsmen the skill they needed as well. Each one, fitted by design of the Master Craftsman, God Himself.

What are the lessons we need to draw from this today?

  • God addresses us by name. He knows those who are His.
  • God fills each of us with different gifts and talents.
  • God brings people together by His design and for His purposes.

But there was one more lesson to be gleaned …

Some of the craftsmen probably had personalities that annoyed, or were bossy, or too quiet, or talked too much. There may have been those who were hard workers, while others were lazy.

But … they had to work together. Huge lesson for us today.

May we learn to get along, to work together.
Keeping our focus on the goal, the outcome, the project at hand,
and protecting the unity.

“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3, NLT)

Peter, the impetuous disciple. Experiencing failure brought him to the end of himself. He comes to the point where “he has no more confidence in himself, no bravado, no impulsive promises.” In her post, “When You Feel Like a Failure“, Barbara Harper reminds us of what can we learn from Peter’s, and our own, failures. More so, she brings us encouragement and hope to move past our failures.


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