Being Woven

Being Filled With the Spirit of Wisdom

So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest.  Exodus 28:3
As I was reading Exodus 28 recently, this verse halted me, calling me to further study.  It is so fascinating to me how God slows me down, actually stopping me to spend time on a word or a verse.  Verses that I would have skimmed over carry a word from the LORD, and unless I do stop, I would miss a treasure, a pearl.  

Being a weaver and spinner of wools, two words, ‘gifted artisans’, are my first stop.  Other versions of the Bible use ‘skillful artisans’, ‘skilled men’, ‘have special skills’, ‘have ability’, ‘wise-hearted’.  The Hebrew word for gifted artisan, skillful men/person, one with ability is chakam (Strong’s H2450)חכם – one may be skillful in his technical work, wise in administration, shrewd, crafty, cunning, wily, subtle, learned, prudent, or wise ethically and religiously. 
In Hebrew, the word ‘wise’ is literally attached to this person of skill, although we may not see the actual word ‘wise’ with ‘gifted artisan’.  The actual meaning is ‘wise-hearted’ or ‘those who are wise at heart’.  The Hebrew word leb לבis connected with chakam.  Not only is this person a gifted artisan, but his inner man is the seat of understanding, will, courage, emotion, conscience, morality; this is truly the soul. 
Then I move through the verse to where God fills this person with ‘the spirit of wisdom‘ and find that the Hebrew word is Strong’s H2451 chokmah חכמה  meaning skill in war, wisdom in administration, shrewdness, prudence in religious affairs, wisdom ethically and religiously. 
Both of these words have their root in H2449: chakam חכם– which is ‘to be wise’.  

All the skilled women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun, {in} blue and purple {and} scarlet {material} and {in} fine linen.  Exodus 35:25   (The word ‘skilled’ has the same meaning here – ‘stirred with wisdom’.)
Artisans are called by God.  As in Exodus 28:3 and Exodus 35:25, Exodus 35:31-35 is just one more example of this calling:  “And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship; to make designs for working in gold and in silver and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings and in the carving of wood, so as to perform in every inventive work.  He also has put in his heart to teach, both he and Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple {and} in scarlet {material,} and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs.”   Exodus 35:31-35
All wisdom has its source in God.  No matter what skill I have, the ability to accomplish it comes from God.  To handle it wisely is the gift that God has given me if I am doing it through His hands.  God reveals right and wrong to man.  We apply His teachings to our daily lives, walking in His moral principles.  When I read “wise-hearted’ in several versions of Exodus 28:3, I sense a far deeper meaning from my Abba – that as I receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, breathing into my beating heart, the endowment is not only the skill or gift of creativity but the oxygen mixed with the Blood of Jesus to give me life, to give me wisdom in all I am and do, to give me Himself.  The artisan is spiritually guided in her works, proceeding carefully, with detail, with high quality.  But the product is certainly not the only result.  As I worship Him and know Him, love Him and revere Him, walking closely with Him, allowing Him to guide and work through my hands and heart, His character continues to filter through me and I begin to resemble Christ more and more, as does the piece of art I am creating.
“And to man, He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.'”  Job 28:28

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