Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Bezalels: Artists Called By Name

Dear friends,

I am constantly seeking God for His heart and mind concerning the place of art in the Church and in the end times. This leads me to spend a lot of time meditating on the life of Bezalel. Bezalel is the artisan from the book of Exodus who was in charge of creating the ark of the covenant and the other furnishings of the first Tabernacle. The following are some of my notes I've gathered. They are in outline format, so feel free to meditate and pray on each bullet point. The concepts here have strong application for everyone, not just artists.



1 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} craftsmanship, (Exodus 31:1-3)

A. Bezalel is “called by name”.

i. We must pray for God to call people by name to the HOP. They need a divine encounter.
ii. We need to continue to hear God call our names. We cannot sustain on old words.

B. God, Himself, filled Bezalel “with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all {kinds of} craftsmanship.” Only God can do this internal work. It causes us to fall on our faces before Him.

i. God filled him with wisdom, which is also translated “skilled in war.” We must have an understanding of warfare in the spirit realm along with our own personal spiritual violence.
ii. God filled him with understanding, which is also discernment. We must have the prophetic edge, the “now” kind of wisdom in which we discern the signs and the times and give accurate words that can be acted upon.
iii. God filled him with knowledge which also the same “knowledge” between Adam and Eve. We must experience intimacy with our Bridegroom. Revelation of Truth and His passion for us will transform our hearts.
iv. God filled him with craftsmanship, which comes from “occupation”, “messenger”, and “ representative”. This is the task we are anointed to do as God’s ambassador. Bezalel’s occupation happened to be all kinds of art.
C. Warfare, discernment, intimacy, and occupation: four musts of the prophetic intercessor. The first three are solely achieved in the place of prayer. Three parts prayer and one part task is not a bad ratio.