“The Lord has given them special skills as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet thread on fine linen cloth, and weavers. They excel as craftsmen and as designers” (Exodus 35:35, NLT).

The Bible is the primary communication in which God reveals himself, but finding out who he is can be like searching for treasure. The Bible is full of clues about his nature but you have to aware and looking. When I first read this verse, I marveled that God would bother to give the people working on the Tabernacle special skills they would need for building such a structure. He didn’t do it just because he’s picky or because he can only be satisfied with the best.

I believe God gave them special skills for two reasons: the first is because he enjoys creativity. He is not just the Creator, but a being of creativity, one with imagination who has fun making things. The second is he wants us to enjoy that part of his nature, which he has also given to us. By giving the people special skills, he was giving them more of himself so they could experience the excitement, wonder and joy of creating something beautiful.

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