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23 Bible Verses about Creativity
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But as for you, O LORD, you are our Father; and we are clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hands.
The LORD responded to Job from the whirlwind and said: "Who is this who keeps darkening my counsel without knowing what he's talking about? Stand up like a man! I'll ask you some questions, and you give me some answers!"read more.
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of my earth? Tell me, since you're so informed! Who set its measurement? Am I to assume you know? Who stretched a boundary line over it? On what were its bases set? Who laid its corner stone while the morning stars sang together and all the divine beings shouted joyfully? "Who enclosed the sea with limits when it gushed out of the womb, when I made clouds to be its clothes and thick darkness its swaddling blanket, when I proscribed a boundary for it, set in place bars and doors for it; and said, "You may come only this far and no more. Your majestic waves will stop here.'? "Have you ever commanded the morning at any time during your life? Do you know where the dawn lives, where it seizes the edge of the earth and shakes the wicked out of it? Like clay is molded by a signet ring, the earth's hills and valleys then stand out like the colors of a garment. Then from the wicked their light is withheld and their upraised arm is broken. "Have you been to the source of the sea and walked about in the recesses of the deepest ocean? Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? Do you understand the breadth of the earth? Tell me, since you know it all! "Where is the road to where the light lives? Or where does the darkness live? Can you take it to its homeland, since you know the path to his house? You should know! After all, you had been born back then, so the number of your days is great! "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen where the hail is stored, which I've reserved for the tribulation to come, for the day of battle and war? Where is the lightning diffused or the east wind scattered around the earth? "Who cuts canals for storm floods, and paths for the lightning and thunder, to bring rain upon a land without inhabitants, a desert in which no human beings live, to satisfy a desolate and devastated desert, causing it to sprout vegetation? "Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the dew? Whose womb brings forth the ice? Who gives birth to frost out of an empty sky, when water solidifies like stone and the surface of the deepest sea freezes? "Can you bind the chains of Pleiades or loosen the cords of Orion? Can you bring out constellations in their season? Can you guide the Bear with her cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you regulate their authority over the earth? "Can you call out to the clouds, so that abundant water drenches you? Can you command the lightning, so that it goes forth and calls to you, "Look at us!' "Who sets wisdom within you, or imbues your mind with understanding? Who has the wisdom to be able to count the clouds, or to empty the water jars of heaven, when dust dries into a mass and then breaks apart into clods? "Can you hunt prey for the lioness to satisfy young lions when they crouch in their dens and lie in ambush in their lairs? Who prepares food for the raven, when its offspring cry out to God as they wander for lack of food?"
It was you who formed my internal organs, fashioning me within my mother's womb. I praise you, because you are fearful and wondrous! Your work is wonderful, and I am fully aware of it. My frame was not hidden from you while I was being crafted in a hidden place, knit together in the depths of the earth.read more.
Your eyes looked upon my embryo, and everything was recorded in your book. The days scheduled for my formation were inscribed, even though not one of them had come yet.
"I form light and create darkness, I make goodness and create disaster. I am the LORD, who does all these things. "Shout, you skies above, and you clouds, and let righteousness stream down. I am the one who says to the earth, "Let salvation blossom, and let righteousness sprout forth.' "Woe to the one who quarrels with his makers, a mere potsherd with the potsherds of the earth! Woe to the one who says to the one forming him, "What are you making?' or "Your work has no human hands?'!read more.
Woe to the one who says to his father, "What are you begetting?' or to a woman, "To what are you giving birth?'!" This is what the Lord says, the Creator of the signs: "Question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands. I myself made the earth and personally created humankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the skies; I marshaled all their starry hosts."
For we are God's masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.
Moses told the Israelis, "Look, the LORD has called Uri's son Bezalel, grandson of Hur, from the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, and with knowledge of all kinds of work, to make artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, read more.
to cut stones for setting, to carve wood, and to engage in all kinds of artistic work. And he has given both him and Ahisamach's son Oholiab from the tribe of Dan the ability to teach. He has equipped them to do all kinds of work done by an engraver, designer, embroider in blue, purple and scarlet material and in fine linen, or as a weaver. They were able to do all kinds of work and were skilled designers.
The LORD told Moses, "Look, I've called Uri's son Bezalel, grandson of Hur from Judah's tribe and I've filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and all kinds of craftsmanship read more.
to create plans for work in gold, silver, and bronze, and for cutting stones to set them, for carving wood, and for doing all kinds of craftsmanship. Along with him I'm appointing Ahisamach's son Oholiab from the tribe of Dan, and I've given wisdom to all who are skilled so they can make everything that I've commanded you,
Bezalel and Oholiab and all the skilled craftsmen to whom the LORD gave wisdom and understanding to know how to do all the work in constructing the sanctuary are to do everything that the LORD has commanded." Then Moses summoned Bezalel, Oholiab, and all the skilled people to whom the LORD had given ability, including everyone whose hearts stirred them to come forward to do the work.
All the skilled craftsmen among the workers made the tent with ten curtains of fine woven linen, blue, purple, and scarlet material. He made them with cherubim skillfully worked into them.
You already have plenty of workers, including stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and an innumerable group of artisans who are skilled at working in gold, silver, bronze, and iron. So begin the work, and may the LORD be with you."
"The Temple that I'm building will be great, because the greatness of our God surpasses that of all gods. But who can build a temple for him, since neither heaven nor the highest of the heavens can contain him? So who am I, that I should build a temple to him, except to burn incense in his presence? "At any rate, send me an individual who is a skilled craftsman in gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as in purple, crimson, and blue materials, who knows how to craft engravings, so he may work with the craftsmen whom I have assembled in Judah and Jerusalem, as provided for by my father David.
These are the men to whom David handed responsibility for music in the Temple of the LORD, after the ark came to rest there. They ministered in song in front of the Tent of Meeting, until Solomon had built the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem. They served in accordance with orders of service designated for them.
Along with officers in his army, David consecrated to assist in service to the descendants of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun those who prophesy with lyres, harps, and cymbals. The list of those who participated in this service included: from the descendants of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah, sons of Asaph mentored by Asaph himself, who prophesied under the supervision of the king; from Jeduthun, these six of his descendants: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, mentored by their father Jeduthun, who played a lyre and prophesied, giving thanks and praise to the LORD; read more.
from Heman, these descendants: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. All of these were descendants of Heman the king's seer, according to God's promise to exalt him, since God had given Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. They were all under their father's supervision regarding music in the Temple of the LORD with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the Temple of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under command of the king. They and their relatives who had been skillfully trained in singing to the LORD, numbered 288.
It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praise to your name, Most High; to proclaim your gracious love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument and a lyre, and the contemplative sound of a harp.
"Where is the benefit in owning a carved image, that motivates its maker to carve it? It is only a cast image a teacher that lies because the engraver entrusts himself to his carving, crafting speechless idols.
""Cursed is the one who makes a sculptured or cast image a detestable thing to the LORD, the work of a craftsman and sets it up secretly.' "Then all the people are to respond by saying, "Amen!'
To an idol? A craftsman makes the image, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts silver chains. To the impoverished person? He prepares an offering wood that won't rot Or to the one who chooses a skilled craftsman and seeks to erect an idol that won't topple?"
Who would shape a god or cast an image that profits nothing? To be sure, all who associate with it will be put to shame; and as for the craftsmen, they are only human. Let them all gather together and take their stand. Then let them be terrified they will be humiliated together. The blacksmith prepares a tool and works in the coals, then fashions an idol with hammers, working by the strength of his arm. He even becomes hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.read more.
The carpenter measures it with a line; he traces its shape with a stylus, then fashions it with planes and shapes it with a compass. He makes the idol like a human figure, with human beauty, to be at home in a shrine.
Now about that time a great commotion broke out concerning the Way. By making silver shrines of Artemis, a silversmith named Demetrius provided a large income for skilled workers. He called a meeting of these men and others who were engaged in similar trades and said, "Men, you well know that we get a good income from this business. read more.
You also see and hear that, not only in Ephesus, but almost all over Asia, this man Paul has won over and taken away a large crowd by telling them that gods made by human hands are not gods at all.