Who is the Bible’s earliest equivalent to HGTV’s Property Brothers?
The Property Brothers are that popular twin team who works together, helping first time home buyers purchase a diamond-in-the-rough house and transform it into their dream home.
Drew is the real estate agent who locates potential properties. Jonathan uses fancy CGI (Common Gateway Interface) graphics to create a vision of what the ugly duckling can become with renovations. Then, after four to six weeks of knocking down walls, painting, laying hardwood floors, installing new cabinetry, and adding decorative touches, they take the home from common to the uncommon, from shabby to chic.
The answer to the trivia question? I found them this week in Exodus. Bezalel and Oholiab. Two Israelites filled with the Spirit and tapped to build the Holy Tent exactly to God’s spoken CGI specifications. (Exodus 36:1-7).
With gifts furnished by all of the Israelites — acacia wood, sheepskins, gold, bronze, and fine linens brought from Egypt — these two “Property Brothers” hammered, sawed, and shaped raw materials into God’s first mobile “home” in the desert.
Bezalel and Oholiab may be the first biblical Property Brothers, but not the last. God called — and still calls today — each of us to partner as fellow Property Brothers (or Sisters) to build His church.
God gave each of us a unique combination of knowledge, experiences, wisdom, skills, and resources. And He taps us to put those to good use to build His church — sometimes the bricks and mortar church, but always the body of the church.
With Easter two weeks away, what and how will we contribute to the effort? How will we act as Property Brothers/Sisters who help turn diamond-in-the-rough lives from shabby to chic? How will we go from common to uncommonly faithful obedience to serve and worship the One who provided us a way out of slavery to sin through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus?
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body…God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 18, NIV)
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