Lord, I praise You for Your grace beyond deserving, love beyond imagining, patience beyond all reason.
Read Exodus 40:1-38
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here; come bow before him now, with reverence and fear. In him no sound is found, we stand on holy ground. Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here” (David J. Evans).
One year after the Exodus and nine months after arriving at Mount Sinai, the Tabernacle is now ready. As only Moses knows its appearance and use, he is charged with the final instructions about the placing of the sacred objects and the commissioning of the priests. These are the finishing touches to the grand design. From now on Israel will have a means of accessing the presence of God, coming before him in worship, receiving forgiveness for their sins and going forward with cleansing, healing and renewed faith.
J.I. Packer writes, “Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.” Knowing God is a lifelong pursuit that should embody our existence. All the design, construction and effort that has gone into the Tabernacle leads to this, the opportunity to know the presence, love and mercy of God, and respond to him in worship, gratitude and faithful obedience. Despite the Israelites’ many failures along the way, the book of Exodus ends on a high note as they are invited to behold God’s presence descending on the Tabernacle just as the cloud had covered Mount Sinai. This visible, tangible symbol will be with them when they move on from the wilderness and into the Promised Land. The “glory of the Lord” (kavod YHWH; vs. 34,35) is a shorthand expression for God’s glory, majesty, holiness, mercy and all the attributes that make him who he is, and show him to be wholly other to us, his creatures and his creation. His glory, his power and his love will be with Israel, in the midst of their camp and as they go about their daily lives.
God’s glory is now revealed to us in Jesus (John 1:14), incarnate and resurrected Son of God, our Messiah, Savior and coming King. How will this affect your life today?
Heavenly Father, You are the God of the cosmos, yet You indwell me. I ask for a greater awareness of Your presence, a greater hunger to walk with You.
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