Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of [a]craftsmanship, 4 to [b]make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in [c]bronze, 5 and in the cutting of stones [d]for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of[e]craftsmanship. 6 Exodus 31 NASB
Craftmanship. Beauty. Excellence. Artistry. Skillfulness. God is in these things and they are holy when done unto Him. He puts skill in the hearts of all who are skillful.
12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death.16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to [o]celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.” Exodus 31 NASB
The Sabbath is for refreshment. It is for holiness. It is for a heart for God. Jesus connects the Sabbath across the Old and New Testaments. What does Sabbath mean for me?
27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.29 [d]My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are [e]one.” NASB
Shepherd. Keeper. Protector. Help me know Your Voice, O Lord and follow You alone.
My son, keep my words
And treasure my commandments within you.
2 Keep my commandments and live,
And my [a]teaching as the [b]apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your intimate friend. NASB
Wisdom. Insight. Bold Warning. Lord, help not to shy away from any subject- especially raising up young men in Your nurture and admonition. Your Word certainly does not shy away. But faces all things head on. Help me to do likewise. Give me Your wisdom. Only from You. A Word in due season in the lives of those entrusted to me for such a short time.
Brethren, even if [a]anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. 5 For each one will bear his own load.
9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.10 So then, [b]while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. NASB
Restore in a spirit of gentleness. Bear one another’s burdens. Bear my own load. Do good and take every opportunity. Treasure God’s people.
Lord, with the intensity of trials we continue through, I pray that I will have a soft heart to respond to Your Love and correction. Help me to apply Your Word to my life and walk in the freshness of Your grace. Obedience to You is the path to peace.