Reading through the Bible together
How incredible it must have been to be the artist responsible for directing the project and creating the tabernacle that was to be suitable as the residence for God’s glory. Mere human talent would not suffice but God provided Bezalel and Aholiab with wisdom and understanding. They were to know how to do all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary (Ex 36:1). There was incredible responsibility for the artist in the creation of the tabernacle since through this God would reside with man and express His greatness, love and glory. The artist is God’s agent and God provides him with specific instructions, wisdom and inspiration. In the end, God blesses these artists for their work. There is no greater joy than to be part of creating with God something so full of purpose and meaning for the human race. Through the artist’s work many would come to understand the plan of salvation and in this, the artist’s work was not different than that of the priest who ministered daily in the sanctuary.
God supplied the artists with materials as the Spirit of God was present and the people brought more than they needed. The dimensions and plans for the curtains that were to cover and embellish the tabernacle were made following God’s specifications. In this we learn that God is a God of order and detail. We must trust God’s plans and follow them, not doing our own will but God’s will. Here we have a perfect example of Divine inspiration working through human agents just as He did with the biblical writers. The artists were given detailed specifications. However, there remain many finalizing decisions for the artist to exercise through God’s given wisdom. So it is in life, we obtain specific Biblical principles for our lives through His Word. The Bible is our guide, but we still need God’s wisdom and Spirit to execute His plans daily. The process of sanctification is a combination of God’s work in our life and our decisions on how we will execute these instructions, each and every day.
Giselle Sarli Hasel
School of Visual Art and Design
Southern Adventist University