Read Exodus 37
Focus on verse 7-8
I am always intrigued by amazing works of art, particularly if it is obvious that the artist required great skill and determination to complete the work. I have never yet had the opportunity to see the dome of Sistine Chapel which was painted by Michelangelo, but I have seen some pretty amazing paintings that my youngest sister has done. With the aid of the internet we now have all kinds of amazing images and videos that display the amazing talents and skills of a wide variety of people.
In today’s reading Moses describes some of the work of Bazalel, as he fashioned the gold donated by the assembly into works of art that would be used as furnishings and tools within the tabernacle.
And he made two cherubim of gold. He made them of hammered work on the two ends of the mercy seat, one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat he made the cherubim on its two ends.(v. 7-8)
Bezalel must have been one talented goldsmith. Overlaying, shaping and hammering all this gold into furniture and utensils for use in the inner sanctuary…in several cases these amazing pieces were to me fashioned from a single piece of gold. While I am not certain that I can envision with total accuracy exactly what each of these looked like, some of the pieces described as “one piece” seem very complex and quite large. The ones made out of “pure gold” must have also been tremendously heavy.
The question that comes to mind in the midst of this is “why all this fancy gold work for the inner sanctuary?” Could it be to illustrate to the people the holiness and purity of God? Perhaps to remind us of how incredibly different God is from us in this regard, and that He is undeniably worthy of our worship?