O. T. #262 "His Presence"
April 7, 2014
Exodus 40-Part 2
Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Exodus 40:34
LET IT GLOW
Moses finished the work and blessed it. the priest, Aaron and his sons, and Moses washed their hands and feet. Moses set up the curtain door. all was ready for the sacrificial system to begin.
Did it please God?
As a visible testimony of God's acceptance of their work-God's pillar cloud covered the tent of the congregation and His glory...filled the Tabernacle. the pillar of cloud was the visible indication of God's presence among His people. The glory was a bright resplendence of light difficult to look upon (Ex. 24:17; Ezk. 1:28)
God had kept His promise (33:14) and was certainly dwelling among His people. (verse 35)
No matter how expensive the Tabernacle was, with out the presence of God it was just another tent. The glory not resided in the Tabernacle, but it guided the Israelites on their pilgrim journey. When we speak of the shekina glory of God, we are referring to God's dwelling in the Tabernacle or temple. the Hebrew word, transliterated shekinah means dwelling of God, from the Hebrew word shakan whcih means to dwell. (Wiersbe)
The glory and majesty of God is so great that the greatest and best men are unable to stand before Him. God is Light: our God is a consuming Fire. The Tabernacle was filled with these. Just as the burning bush wasn't consumed, so the curtains wee not consumed with this fire. yet so dazzling was the light, and so dreadful was the fire, that Moses was not aable to enter into the Tent of the congregation, at the door he was attending to, until the splendor and glory of the Lord retire within the veil. (verse 35) Matthew Henry)
LET IT GROW
But what Moses could not do, in that he was weak through the flesh, our Lord Jesus has done, whom God caused to draw near and approach, and wh, as the Forerunner, is for us entered and has invited us to come boldly even to the Mercy-Seat. (Heb. 9:24; John 1:14)
Jesus is the true Tabernacle, filled with the glory of God. His Holy Spirit indwells us, believers, saved by His grace. We are to present our body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto god (Rom 12:1).
LET IT GO
Bow before the Lord Jesus as I pray.
Praise Him in all His holiness and glory.
Thank Him for His presence.