Daily Reading: Exodus 39, 40; Matthew 25:31-46
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. (Exodus 40:34, NASB95)
Immediately after Moses finished the work, the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. While God spoke to them from Mt. Sinai, now He would speak to them from the tabernacle. The tabernacle provided a movable place where they could meet with God, and seek atonement for their sins. God’s presence there was not a one-time event, but rather from this point on, throughout their journeys, the cloud was on the tabernacle by day, and fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel (Ex. 40:38).
We may marvel at this obvious sign of God’s presence, but the people soon took it for granted, and forgot its significance. This was the pillar of cloud that led them out of Egypt and protected them from the Egyptian army (Ex. 13:22; 14:19, 24). Now it is continually in their midst because of the establishment of the tabernacle. When the Israelites hear the bad report about the people of the promised land, they cower in fear and demand to go back to Egypt (Num. 13-14).
Because of what Jesus has done in His death and resurrection, establishing us as His tabernacle, we have forgiveness of sins and the gift of His Holy Spirit within us. We are God’s people, the dwelling place of His presence. Do we take for granted what Jesus has done for us to make us His tabernacle? Are you submitted to His leadership, His direction, and live life His way?