Bible studies for writers

Bible studies for writers | Exodus 38

Why must we endure reading more of this long and detailed check list of things for Bezalel to do, especially when we’ve read the details in prior chapters already? I’m going with credibility on this one, and all the honor goes to Bezalel. Moses, on behalf of God of course, went to great measures to record all of God’s instructions, right down to the details of how to make the bowls, ladles and pitchers so that Bezalel and his selected team members could construct a home for God just how He designed it. God could have just poofed this abode into the Israelites’ camp, but He chose to let His people do it. This way, the Israelites can see how gifted and talented they are. They can have a meaningful job to do each day, and when it’s all said and done, they will have a historical monument that houses the ONE TRUE GOD. That’s pretty special. Moreover, Bezalel has been chosen to head up this project, and as the work begins, he has the responsibility to follow the instructions and not cut any corners whatsoever. I think these chapters highlight the fact that Bezalel followed God’s instructions to a T. Are they a little tedious to read? Yes. But if you go back and compare them to the original “instruction manual” in previous chapters, you’ll see they are exactly the same. That’s accountability right there, and Moses (and God) is letting us know that Bezalel was an honest and righteous leader and an excellent example to follow. When you’re reading these next few chapters, try not to get bogged down in the details, but instead, focus on what Bezalel and the Israelites are accomplishing together.

Writing prompt: instruction manual

It’s tough to write instructions no matter the project. Think about all the kinds of instructions we rely on each day. Whether it be recipes, software manuals, unassembled furniture pamphlets or appliance guides, someone has to write the instructions to these everyday items. As we all know, some people are better at this than others, but what we don’t think about is that people are behind each and everything we read. Sometimes their how-to explanations don’t jive with how our brains function. Other writers, though, just have a knack for giving clear direction in simple-to-follow format. I have a co-worker like this. Through the years of working together, we’ve discovered that my instructions are lengthy and boring and confusing, while hers are clear-cut and precise. She has revised several of my training guides and made them 1,000 times better, so now she is pretty much our official instruction guide maker. She’s got that knack. Do you? Write out the instructions on how to do something and ask someone to try and complete the task. Let us know how it goes!

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