Exodus 36:8-39:31
Proverbs 2:6-8


“For the LORD
giveth wisdom …”



Exodus 36 to 38 details much of the construction of the Tabernacle and its contents. We read about the complex construction of the Tabernacle with its curtains, board walls, vails, the ark of the covenant, the table of shewbread, the golden candlestick, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering, the brass basin for washing, the outer courtyard, and the summary of the materials employed in the construction of the Tabernacle and the priests’ garments.

Notice in these chapters, before the details to construct each item is given, the commentary is: “And he made,” “And Bezaleel made,” “And they made.” God had earlier told Moses that He had filled Bezaleel with the Holy Spirit to do this work of building (Exod 31:3). Hence, Moses introduced Bezaleel (Exod 35:30-31) to the people as being specially filled with the Spirit for the project. It was made explicitly clear that his wisdom was from God. The LORD specially identifies, selects, and fills a person with the Spirit to endue him with abilities, talents, and intellect. So firstly, when we are able or uniquely capable and achieve much in church, in school, at work, at business, even at home, we must never be proud. We must not entertain secret thoughts that our flesh, our own cleverness, our own training and preparations brought the results. And secondly, since wisdom and talents are from God, then it should be used for Him, not for self or worldly aims. Parents take God’s name in vain when they say to their child, “Thank God you are using your God-given talents to do this” when the child is doing something sinful, carnal or worldly. A child who wins top prize for some music competition on the Lord’s Day is using God’s gifts sinfully. And thirdly, we must lean upon God for wisdom instead of our own flesh and training. Education is needed, but it is still God who grants wisdom.

THOUGHT: Am I secretly proud of my, or my child’s, intelligence?
PRAYER: LORD, remove Thy wisdom if I become conceited.