Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 21, 2022

“the building up of the body of Christ” – “a holy temple in the Lord” – “the work of a skillful workman”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 36:8-36.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2036&version=NASB1995

I quote the following verses.

“8 All the skillful men among those who were performing the work made the tabernacle with ten curtains;  of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet material, with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman, Bezalel made them.  …

35 Moreover, he made the veil of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine twisted linen;  he made it with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.  …”  Exodus 36:8 and 35.   

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What an honor for Bezalel to make the tabernacle of the LORD!

We see his work described as “the work of a skillful workman”.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15.

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it.  But each man must be careful how he builds on it.  For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident;  for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.”  1 Corinthians 3:10-13.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17.

“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;  until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:11-13. 

“What then is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one;  but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers;  you are God’s field, God’s building.”  1 Corinthians 3:5-9.

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”  Ephesians 2:19-22.

We see the detailed description of the tabernacle of the LORD, “the work of a skillful workman”, that Bezalel made in today’s Scripture.   

What does the “holy temple in the Lord” look like, “the work of a skillful workman”, that we make?   

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”  1 Peter 2:9.


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