Completion Day, Glory Shown!
Sovereign God, beneath Your rule I live, and within Your grace I stand. I gladly bless Your holy name.
Read Exodus 40:1-38
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4).
For some months, Israel has been working towards the day when all the preparations for the tabernacle would be complete and the tent, which was to be God’s home among them, finally erected. But before the tent is erected, it is inspected by Moses (39:32-43) to ensure it complies with God’s instructions. It does! When it’s set up, again it is mentioned that “Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him” (40:16). In fact, obedience is mentioned four times from 39:32 to today’s reading (39:32,42,43; 40:16). Obedience to God’s will is essential to his blessing.
Next, Moses is instructed to “anoint the tabernacle and everything in it” (40:9) including the altar of burnt offering (40:10) and the priests (40:12-16). All were consecrated for God’s perpetual service. Note that as Moses erects the tent he does not do so in a pragmatic, merely efficient way but stops at several points to offer sacrifices (27,29). His work was an act of worship.
The glory of the Lord was associated with the ark, his throne, which was mostly hidden from view behind the “shielding curtain” (20,21). Except when Israel was on the move, it was hidden in the most holy place which was entered by the high priest alone, only once a year, and then only after special precautions had been taken (30:22-33).
Jesus, too, revealed the glory of God. Although we catch glimpses of his glory in his miracles, his true glory was revealed in a totally unexpected manner at the crucifixion. God’s glory is seen most not in acts of power but in an act of darkness, suffering and shame. God is so awesome that we cannot bear the sight of his pure glory, but in his grace he makes himself known sufficiently for our salvation.
How closely does your life comply with God’s instructions? Have you seen the glory of God in the dark times, or do you see him only in times of success and blessing?
Lord, Yours is the glory. I pray for strength to be obedient to You and, in whatever way You choose, to reflect Your glory to others.