“So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” Says the LORD of hosts.’ ” ~ Zechariah 4:6
Why do we study the Old Testament books of the law? They are filled with so many figures, details, and measurements that some find it to be dry and boring. However, if we read it with a heart ready to learn, God rewards that with insight and knowledge, hooray!
I am currently reading through the book of Exodus, and our pastor is teaching this book on Friday nights, also. I have greatly enjoyed studying along with him!
God gave Moses detailed instructions about how to build the tabernacle- its furniture, implements, walls, everything. Why? Because it was to be modeled after the one in heaven! Amazing, isn’t it?
And every single detail of the tabernacle’s construction points us to Jesus. The mercy seat? Jesus- our High Priest, who made a way for us to enter into the very presence of God and experience His mercy and grace (Hebrews 4:14-16). The lampstand? Jesus- the light of the world, and our light of life (John 8:12). The brazen altar? The cross where Jesus died, our sacrificial Lamb, held there willingly by His love for us (John 1:29, 36; John 3:16-18; Philippians 2:8).
The beautifully detailed curtains on the inner walls and the veil separating the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place? They were to be woven with four distinct colors: fine woven linen ~ pure white, Jesus’ righteousness – the Gospel of Luke; blue thread ~ the color of the heavens, Jesus as God in human flesh, fully God and fully man – the Gospel of John; purple thread ~ the color of royalty, Jesus as the King of the Jews – the Gospel of Matthew; scarlet thread ~ the color of Jesus’ blood, shed on the cross for us, as a suffering, willing, and obedient servant – the Gospel of Mark.
I love this! And then I read this passage today, which points us to the Holy Spirit:
“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you…’ ” ~ Exodus 31:1-6
God gave incredibly specific, artistic instructions for building His tabernacle. But He did not expect Moses to figure out how in the world the people were going to do this. God Himself not only called the workers by name, but He filled them with His Spirit— “in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship”. He “put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans”.
Has God called you to do something? Don’t fret. God will fill you with His Spirit, and give you the wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and specific gifts needed for what He wants you to do. Our work for His kingdom does not depend on us and our own skills. Nope. It is all about God and His Spirit directing and teaching each and every step of the way. What a relief when we recognize this! It isn’t about us. It is about God.
“The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.” ~ Isaiah 11:2
When we read of the “seven Spirits of God” in Revelation, it is actually making reference to the above verse in Isaiah, and the seven-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit. This explains the different facets of the Spirit.
The Spirit rests upon us. He instills wisdom and understanding, gives us counsel and might (strength), and teaches us knowledge and how to fear (reverence) the LORD.
Christian, be very thankful for the Helper Jesus sent to be with us always! With His wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, and reverence for God the Father, we are able to accomplish whatever God asks of us.
Remember, the Holy Spirit guides us to truth. We can test the Spirit and know He is true when He does not contradict any of God’s words, and when He does not draw attention to Himself but instead directs us to Jesus, the only Way, Truth, and Life (John 14:6).
” ‘However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.’ ” ~ John 16:13-15