to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.
This man was filled with the Spirit, not to prophesy over thousands, nor to heal the sick, or become a great leader; this man was filled with the Spirit in order that the work of his hands should display the Presence of God. He was the craftsman with the job of leading the creative team which made the tabernacle.
Interestingly, the first fruits of this Holy Spirit-filling was wisdom. Biblical wisdom is not about pithy sayings, though it’s often expressed that way; it is immensely practical, it’s all about the art of successful living – wisdom gives a plan that works. We can see how that sort of wisdom would be essential to this craftsman. The choosing of materials, understanding the best way to use them, the different processes required, and the finishing embellishments all require a plan; and a divine strategy was needed in this case in order to make a sanctuary fit for the Presence. And then we read that added to the wisdom was knowledge, understanding, and all kinds of skills; not only the plan was given, but the ability to execute it.
This imagery is repeated in Proverbs, in the description of creation:
Then I (Wisdom)was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men.
[Proverbs 8: 29-31 NKJV]
Craftsmen make something beautiful out of raw materials. They are filled with the vision of transformation: how the ordinary can be transformed into the spectacular, how the commonplace can become holy.
We need a craftsman’s anointing in 2018- to make something beautiful out of the ordinary stuff of life; we need an anointing for the task of living. What if we asked the Lord for His wisdom, to release His plan for success in us, to flow from the inside out; for ‘knowledge, understanding, and all kinds of skills’ to accomplish that plan; and finally for what we are crafting with Him to be filled with His presence?
I think that would lead to a successful year!
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