Art is a strange calling. Most people appreciate it at least on some level, but there are plenty who would label it as non-essential. If society had to choose between, say, farmers and artists, or doctors and artists, it's an easy guess who would land on the street corner holding up a (gorgeously lettered) sign declaring, "Will paint/sing/dance/write for food."
I suppose it could be argued that we don't need art to survive, but that doesn't mean it's expendable.
Just ask Bezalel.
God told Moses exactly what to do, and every single thing had to be done according to God's command. The tabernacle was to be more than a place for God to meet with His people. The tent itself and everything in it pointed to the coming Messiah. It was to be a picture of redemption. A work of art.
And because it was to be a work of art, God provided an artist.
"The LORD said to Moses, 'See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.'" (Exodus 31:1-5)
The Lord called Bezalel by name and filled him with the Spirit of God, ability, intelligence, knowledge, and craftsmanship, why? To make art to the glory of God! Is that awesome, or what?
God called His people out of Egypt, and He gave them everything they needed. Manna from heaven, water from a rock, and rules to live and thrive and worship by. He gave them a tent of meeting, drenched in symbolism, mysteries hinting at the beauty of His plan.
God called His people out of Egypt, and He gave them everything they needed.
He gave them an artist.
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Jeanne Damoff moved in mid-December, and it took her a while to get her bearings. She's happy to be back.