Friday, February 21, 2014

Shabbat Thought: Vayakhel

Each week in the Synagogue, a different portion of scripture is studied.  The Torah (Old Testament) is broken into portions which are read over the course of a year.  At the end of the year, it starts over again so the Bible is read annually. 

This week's Parasha is Vayakhel from Exodus 35:1-38:20.

It keeps blowing my mind how important the craftspeople were to God. I know I've said it before. It continues to strike me as amazing!
"And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all as to perform in every inventive work. He also has put in his heart to teach...He has filled them with skill to perform every performers of every work and makers of designs." (Exodus 35:30-35)
When I think of God filling people with the Ruach(Hebrew for Spirit) in the Bible, I think of prophets, preachers, soldiers and judges. I don't think of artists. But here, God gives Bezalel and Oholiab the Ruach to understand and know their art, to be skillful, and to teach.

Has God given you an art, a skill to use? He may very well have put it there for a purpose to serve Him in amazing ways! Don't think that the Ruach isn't with you just because you're an artist. The work of your hands can be guided by God and used for big things.

Shabbat Shalom!

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