“Then Moses said to the Israelites, ‘Look, the LORD has chosen Bezalel, son of Uri the son of Hur, form the tribe of Judah. The LORD has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God and has given him the skill, ability, and knowledge to do all kinds of work.”

The charismatic concept of being filled with the Spirit focuses on speaking in tongues, prophecy and healing.

Here, what Bezalel does, filled with the Spirit, is goldsmith-work and woodcarving.

We might call this just talents and skills, but in ancient Israel, there was no such thing as mere talents. A man’s skills were gifts from God, and extraordinary gifts could be interpreted as being filled with the Spirit.

This might give us a new view of the things we are really good at. Maybe God’s way for us isn’t just doing what we would call spiritual things. It might just as well be doing what we are really good at – in the Spirit of the Lord.