Exodus 35:20-36:1

This Sunday Naomi will be speaking about imagination and creativity in worship. She will be looking at Bezalel, the anointed craftsman who we can read about in Exodus 35 and 36.

We would love to know what sorts creative acts have you engaged in for worship? Perhaps you could share some ideas below? 

20 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence, 21 and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. 22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord. 23 Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or the other durable leather brought them. 24 Those presenting an offering of silver or bronze brought it as an offering to the Lord, and everyone who had acacia wood for any part of the work brought it. 25 Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. 26 And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair. 27 The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.28 They also brought spices and olive oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. 29 All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the Lord freewill offerings for all the work the Lordthrough Moses had commanded them to do.

Bezalel and Oholiab

30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others.35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers. 36 So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded.”


1 Comment

  1. Alison Walker on November 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Here’s a poem I once wrote about Bezalal

    Arc of the Covenant

    Bezalel knew the arc intimately.
    He chose its heartwood; cut and shaped and fixed it.
    He chose the gold; melted and molded it; carefully felt the rim all round;
    tested the loops for carrying strength, the poles for fit.
    He fashioned the cherubim, all in one piece with the lid.
    (How would you do that?)

    How did he choose their design – did you send him a dream?

    The arc knew the touch of his hands again and again, even under the gold.
    And then no more.
    It was secluded away, knew only Your presence and a yearly cascade of blood.

    No other man could ever touch it and live –
    only Bezalel its creator, and You.

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