"See the Lord has chosen Bezalel, son of Uri, the son of
Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill,
ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts--to make artistic designs for work in gold,
silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and engage in all kinds of
Exodus 37:20-22: "And on the lampstand were four cups
shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. One bud was under the first pair of
branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud
under a third pair--six branches in all. The buds and the branches were all one piece with
the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold."
Matthew 10:30-31: "And even the very hairs of your head
are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
concerned with the details. We all know a tool, an item of furniture, or an artwork is
well-crafted by the attention its maker pays to the details. A quality shirt possesses
double-stitching and pin-point weaving. Beautiful objects have care put into them. The
artist who undertakes to learn from Michelangelo may spend days just studying the hands of
the Pieta'. Equally in life, God as a craftsman, is concerned with the most minute
moments of our lives because, like great works of art, they have beauty in their details.
Engaging craft means paying attention to the way something is constructed; it means
noticing the skillful form it takes. When we spend time enjoying the craft of
fiction and poetry or the careful observations of daily life in a diary, we are mirroring
a bit of God's own love of the small stuff.
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The skill and beauty of literature are an expression of God's love of craft.
Application: Give a moderately detailed explanation of a particularly
well-written passage: highlight word usage, description, or character description.
Be sure to reflect on the value of craft.