Exodus 39:42-43 “The Israelites had done all the work just as the LORD had commanded Moses. Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them.”
God commanded Moses to have the people give precious metals and colored fabrics for the building of the tabernacle. God even placed His Spirit on various craftsmen for the sole purpose of building the required elements of the tabernacle. The people gave, and the craftsmen constructed everything that God had commanded Moses. When Moses inspected the work, he saw that it was done according to God’s instructions and then blessed the Hebrews.
Having knowledge of the future events that transpire in the wilderness experience of the Hebrews, we have an unfair advantage over the people who lived out these experiences. They did all that God commanded Moses in constructing the tabernacle where God would dwell among them with the idea that God would lead them and guide them. These people all planned on and expected to enter into the land of promise that was “flowing with milk and honey.”
The people had no idea that one day their entire generation of people above the age of 20 would die in the wilderness because of their rebellion against God, including Bezalel and Oholiab, whom the Spirit of God rested upon for the work done to construct the tabernacle. No one from that generation except Joshua and Caleb were permitted to enter into the promised land. Thus, did these men, who worked on the tabernacle under the guidance of the Spirit of God, die for nothing?
Absolutely not! They gave us the very articles and implements that would be used in the worship of God and service to God, which were types and foreshadowings of Christ to come. God’s purposed plan of salvation and establishing a people, who would live in covenant relationship with him, could not and would not be stopped. God used these men to do a work for Him. Their future choice to turn away from Him with the rest of Israel was a personal choice on their part not God’s. God never intended anyone in Israel, or the world, to die. We know this from His own Words in Ezekiel 33:11 where God tells the prophet to tell the wicked to turn from their evil ways in live because God does not delight in the death of the wicked.
Thus, we are to continue doing the work of the LORD so long as He gives us directions to do so. If WE choose to walk away from the narrow path that leads to life and end up on the road to destruction and are prohibited from entering into God’s rest, it is because of our doing and choosing not God. God can and will use the fruit of the work we do for Him, but the choice of reaping our reward in heaven or not lies on us.
Father, I am got in a rough spot today. I read of the great work that Bezalel and Oholiab and the other craftsmen did for the building of Your dwelling place on earth, but I also have knowledge that these men died in the wilderness and never entered into Your rest although Your Spirit rested upon these men. I feel like any work that I am doing for You is fruitless. I am just being honest from the bottom of heart with You today. Like Job, there is so much I don’t understand and know about You. You do what You do because You are who You are. I cannot question that. The work I do, to me, resembles the life of blind Samson when he was tied to the grinding wheel and turning meal into flour. Am I doing the work of the kingdom, or am I just beating a circular path in the dirt? Please speak to my heart. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.