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.
(Exodus 31:1-5 NIV)
Bezalel was the chief artisan of the Tabernacle. But what fascinates me about him is the meaning behind his name. The name “Bezalel” means “in the shadow/protection of God.” Lately, I’ve been thinking about how blessed I am to be living in the shadow/protection of God myself. The Lord brought to my attention the various relationships from which He has protected me. I look at how many are quick to be swayed by a bad relationship and facing terrible consequences, while I’m safe under the shadow of His wings, enjoying His divine protection. Is His protection available to all? Yes, but it’s up to us to choose it. Jesus had the following to say about the holy city, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate” (Luke 13:34-35). Did you catch that? Jerusalem was “not willing” to be gathered under His wings! No wonder it was left unprotected. But after uttering these words, Jesus also promised to be found by His people if they sought Him (v.35). Similarly, God promises to gather us under His wings when we seek His face.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)