Parsha Thought – Ki Tisa

Imagine the feeling to have Moses return from the mountain after 40 days of intimate communication with Elohim and be told that out of the cloud of glory Elohim called you by name to do a specific task for him.  Wow!  This is what happened to Bezalel and Oholiab.  

Now, Yahweh 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 behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan”

Exodus 31:1-2, 6

How many emotions can a person feel at once?  Excitement, honor, fear, gladness, uncertainty…All of these and more must have made their way through these men’s minds in the coming days.

Yet, before they could begin their work.  Between the time that they were called and told of their special appointment the people rebelled.

They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them., They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.’

Exodus 32:8

It is unclear if Bezalel and Oholiab joined in the rebellion.  But their calling was uncertain over the next hours and days.  How would Elohim respond?  Would the people be wiped out and begun again with Moses?  Would they be able to do that which Elohim had called them by name to do?

It is human nature to desire to do something with our lives.  We spend time in High School speaking with career counselors, we talk about what we want to do when we grow up, we make plans and have dreams.  And most face the despair when they feel that those dreams  are coming to nothing.  The book stores are filled with experts who claim to teach how to get the most out of life, how to capture and fulfill your dreams. Do they work?  Probably for some, but most of us languish in the uncertainty that comes with life’s experiences.

Yet there is that eternal hope that we have been called to something great.  We feel that our names have been mentioned out of the cloud.  So how do we turn those dreams into a realization?

Paul, in speaking of his life gave these words of wisdom:

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:11–13

This is from the man who always opened his letters with, “Paul a bond servant of Elohim.” He understood that because of who he served His life was fulfilled, not just his physical and spiritual needs, but his emotional ones as well.  

Dreams and aspirations are a good thing.  They are part of what make us human.  But without the tempering of Elohim they run away into dreams of grandeur.  That is what happened with Israel.  Fresh out of Egypt, and with the nation’s wealth at their disposal they felt that they could make a god, and fulfill their own dreams of a land flowing with milk and honey.  Not realizing that Elohim had just given Moses the final plan for their success.  

Our dreams and expectations for ourselves can be great.  But what is easy to miss is that the Creator, our Creator, has dreams for us as well.  He understand what will fulfill our needs and bring us pleasure, because He knows our innermost parts.  If we would have the patience and persistence to seek His ways, our dreams would pale in comparison to what He has for us.

The fact of the matter is that He has called each of us by name from out of the cloud.  If we would only wait those few hours for Moses to descend before we found our own path, we would be able to hear His message and plan for our lives.

For thus says Yahweh, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares Yahweh, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ‘I will be found by you,’ declares Yahweh, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares Yahweh, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’

Jeremiah 29:10–14
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