Exodus 40 : The tabernacle completed

March 9, 2024 ·

Moses erected the tabernacle, placing the Ark within the tent behind a curtain, and arranging the lamps and the table. He positioned the gold altar in front of the Ark and the altar of burnt offerings in front of the tent, with the basin situated between it and the tent. The courtyard was established around the tent. Subsequently, everything was anointed and consecrated.

Aaron and his sons were adorned and anointed.

Upon completion, the glory of God filled the tabernacle as a cloud, preventing even Moses from entering. The Israelites would set out whenever the cloud lifted.

Key verse:
34. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

My thoughts:
Recall the moment when Moses persuaded God to accompany the Israelites personally, rather than merely sending an angel. With the completion of the tabernacle, that promise is realized as God leads His people, represented by a cloud, and establishes the tabernacle as His earthly dwelling place. This event underscores God’s intention to dwell among His people and reign as their king, reflecting His desire for proximity with His followers. In Revelation, we learn that God’s aspiration to reside among His people extends into the new covenant.

Having concluded Exodus, I’ve now completed two books of the Bible, leaving 64 more to explore. At the end of Exodus, the Israelites have been delivered from Egypt with might and are embarking on their journey through the desert with God, the tabernacle serving as a symbol of God’s presence among them. Next, we proceed to Leviticus, which promises to be intriguing.

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