Art in the Bible? Yes! I love the Old Testament account of the plans of the Tabernacle. Why? Because tucked in this fascinating section of Exodus is God’s detailed instructions for creating objects of beauty to be used in worship to Him. Moreover in Exodus 31 God is very specific about the people to whom He bestowed gifts of artistry and craftsmanship. “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!” Exodus 31:2-5 (NLT)
The Bible is the most amazing book ever, and it encourages me, as an artist, that God includes visual art in worship! The world is filled with incredibly talented people. Art and the skills and talents it takes to create art in many forms were not meant for one’s own self-fulfillment. The arts were given to honor to the Savior, to point people to Him, and give Him the glory.
Art is a powerful communication tool.! We can choose to create objects of beauty that uplift or something that is used for positive purposes, or that same talent can be used to bring attention to things that war against our souls. The arts can be used for the good of others, or for self-serving purposes. Each person who has been given a talent of any kind has a choice on how to use that free gift.
The account in Exodus 31 showcases how arts and crafts are used for beautiful purposes and in ways that turn people’s thoughts toward the Great Creator. And interestingly, when one has this mindset, there is an incredible sense of joy and fulfillment in the work.