During Sunday’s message, Ps Benny Ho made an interesting observation. He asked “who was the first person in the Bible to be filled with the Spirit?”. The answer: Bezalel.
Here’s the reference in Exodus 31:
Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts…. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”
Notice that the Bezalel was not only the first person in the Bible to be filled with the Spirit, but he is also a creative guy. So it got me looking at this passage a bit closer to see what lessons we can learn in the context of worship ministry.
First. Being filled with the Spirit is an essential element of worship ministry. If you were asked what is the distinguishing feature of worship ministry, it is that worship ministry (and in fact, all ministry to the Lord) is uncommon and therefore holyand sacred.
Second. Worship ministers minister with skill, knowledge and understanding. The temple furnishings weren’t only ornate, intricate and beautiful (thereby requiring great skill to produce), but I believe the crafters understood the underlying spiritual significance of what the ornaments represented. Musicians and worship leaders do more than just facilitate music and singing. They have a responsibility to represent God and His Word to the congregation and lead the congregation into a deeper knowledge of God and his ways. This means that worship ministers must not only be skilled in music, they must also be skilled in His Word.
Third. Bezalel is from the tribe of Judah (which means “praise”). The house of God is built with praise!
Fourth. Moses had the vision and blueprint from God to build the Tent of Meeting. Bezalel and his team used their skill to fulfill Moses’ vision. Worship ministers must stand alongside their leaders and support the vision to build God’s house!
Fifth. Bezalel means “overshadowed by God”. When the glory of God appears, the Bible says that it “overshadows” the worshippers. In Matthew 17:5, a cloud “overshadowed” the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration as the voice of God affirmed Jesus as God’s son. And in Luke 1:35, the angel told Mary that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of God would “overshadow” her, leading to her conceiving the Son of God. When God overshadows us, we become pregnant with His purposes and destiny. Ultimately, Jesus is made known in all His fullness.
So there are five brief thoughts from the life of Bezalel. May it inspire us to continually seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit as we minister in worship.