Build and Be Built

As I’ve been reading through Exodus, I was reminded of a crucial reality that applies for the people of God. As the LORD directed Moses to build the tabernacle He tells Moses about an individual named Bezalel of Judah. Concerning Bezalel the LORD says:

I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills Exodus 31:3

This is the first Biblical account of someone being filled with God’s Spirit. Although many of us fly past this verse, this is crucial for New Covenant believer to understand. Notice what is included in this filling!

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The First Answer to Our Prayers

Imagine yourself going through your day. On this day you’re tired, thirsty, and ready to go home, but it isn’t even lunch yet. You are in need of a pick me up. You know the spot where you can buy a soda to help you make it through until you get real sustenance. You take a quick break to run to that blessed machine that will vend out that sugary goodness. As you finally get the few wrinkled bills that you carry with you into this machine, you hit the button for the soda or energy drink that you’re craving. You can hear it crashing violently through the machine. You find yourself full of expectancy as if the light at the end of the tunnel is coming from the machine’s dispenser. Then, in the big moment, it comes. 

A bottle of water. 

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It’s All About A Wedding…

The first wedding that I had the honor of being a groomsman took place in August 2014. It was the first wedding where I got to see God put on display in the context of a wedding up close. As a groomsman I got to see the entire ceremony take place and I also knew the couple very well. As I stood there I began to realize how much symbolism there is in the modern day wedding ceremony that reflects the nature of the relationship between the Godhead (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) and the Church (the Bride of Christ). Ever since then I dreamed of clearly conveying this reality at my own wedding. When Kayla and I got married, I did just that!

I don’t have a recording of what I shared but I do have everything I wrote out (and mostly memorized) while leaving room for some on-the-spot creativity. I wanted to share it so that you could read it and learn for yourself how so much of the wedding ceremony displays our hope in an even greater wedding day to come.

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