All who are gifted artisans among you shall come and make all that the Lord has commanded: the tabernacle, its tent, its covering, its clasps, its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets… (Exodus 35:10-11)
The Hebrew phrase translated as “gifted artisans” is more literally translated as “every wise-hearted man.” This more literal rendering strongly suggests that, just because someone is gifted, it doesn’t mean they possess wisdom. Everyone has, in some way, been gifted by the Almighty possessing certain strengths and skills not necessarily given to everyone. In a nutshell, we are all unique and bring different talents to the table so to speak.
However, skill and talent aren’t enough when it comes to performing God’s will — understanding and wisdom are needful. In other words, those who possess wisdom know how to properly appropriate the gift and talent to the job at hand. Those who built the components of the Sanctuary, men like Betzalel and Oholiab, were specially endowed with particular gifts because they had been chosen – predestined in a sense – for a special mission.
Though it may not be constructing furniture for the Sanctuary, all of us have nevertheless been given talents for a special purpose. We all have a mission to accomplish for the Kingdom, whether great or small, and God has given us the appropriate talents and skill sets required to perform the mission. In other words, He isn’t going to call us to do something and not give us the tools we need to do it. And so, when we were created, He gave us what we needed to do what we were created to do. In the words of Paul:
“We are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Blessings and Shalom,