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Gifted to Work (Exodus 35:30-36:7)

Dennis R. Wiles, September 15, 2013
Part of the Fruit of Our Labor - Theology of Work series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Dennis R. Wiles
FBC Arlington
September 15, 2013

Fruit of Our Labor
Theology of Work
Gifted to Work
Exodus 35:30-36:7

FALL 2013: Goal: To develop a theology of work!

Theology of Work
God is the Original Worker
We are uniquely designed for work
God gifts us for meaningful work

Text: Exodus 35:30-36:7

The consequences of sin are evident in all sectors of human existence today.

Human beings have been gifted by God for work!

Bezalel is the only person in the Old Testament to have been “filled” with the Holy Spirit.

For the construction of the Tabernacle, God called and gifted people from Israel to carry out His specific instructions.

The Holy Spirit has gifted you for service in the church and in the Kingdom of God.

God has also gifted you for your role in the restoration of His creation. You can reflect His glory through your work.

Exodus 35:30-36:7

30 Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, 32 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. 34 And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.

36:1 “Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.”

And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work. And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more. (ESV)