Friday, January 31, 2014

Exodus 39-40 The glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle

From Exodus 39-40

Ex 39.1-31 Story; Making the Priestly garments
Ex 39.32-43 Story; Summary of all they had made
Ex 40.1-33 Story; They put it all together forming the tabernacle
Ex 40.34-38 Story; The LORD enters the tabernacle and later guides Israel by cloud and fire

Passage and Comments
Hopefully we remember for the last few days that the LORD after Moses’ pleading agrees to remain with the people. This is the outworking of the LORD’s promise to him.
[34] Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. [35] And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. [36] Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. [37] But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. [38] For the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys. (Ex 40:34-38)
‘The glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle’. What a generous act of kindness and goodness on behalf of the LORD. 

Story of Israel
His presence remained with the people, and he guided them to the promised land. Well it took awhile, 40 years in fact. The cloud and fire was in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

Story of Jesus
The LORD filling the temple is also part of the language Paul employs in the Holy Spirit indwelling believers.
[9] You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. [10] But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. [11] If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Rom 8:9-11)
Everyone has sinned and fallen short of the LORD's glory (Rom 3.23). But only some have received grace and been redeemed. The LORD is with his people because of what Jesus has done. Thanks be to Jesus death on the cross and the everlasting forgiveness he attained for us. But I hope for us better things than what happened to this generation of Israel. With the exception of a few, this generation proved unfaithful to the LORD despite his remaining with them. It was only due to the faithful remnant and his covenant promises that the LORD remained. Just as the glory of the LORD dwelt among them in the tabernacle, we should also be thankful for the ‘Spirit of Christ’ (Rom 8.9) dwelling in us.