Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“Hosting the Presence of God”
“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”
In today’s passage, we read about a momentous occasion. As Moses erects the tabernacle, the glory of God comes down from Mount Sinai and fills the tent of meeting. It must have been an awesome event to behold. Just a while ago they could not even approach the base of the mountain lest they die. Now, the very presence of Yahweh descends and dwells with them. God is right there in their midst! It was a visible sign of their covenant relationship—a sign of intimacy and, thereby, privilege, that Israel would be able to enjoy by God’s grace.
Nevertheless, while this may appear as a step forward, it was not the type of communion that was originally intended by God. When we go back to the Garden of Eden, we read about God walking in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve—without the need for tabernacles, tents, and veils. Humanity was designed for intimacy with its creator in a direct manner; but sin shattered this intimate fellowship between God and man.
An amazing truth is that through the work of Christ, we are able to experience an intimacy with God that is greater than what Adam and Eve experienced. In Acts 2, the disciples are in the upper room waiting for God and “suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.” Later in the chapter it says that this event was a fulfillment of a prophecy in Joel—that God would pour His Spirit on all flesh. In other words, just like the glory of God filling the tabernacle, God’s Spirit comes like a rushing wind and fills the disciples—not a tent or a temple but the flesh of Jesus’ followers.
What we have been given by the gospel is not a communion experienced externally from us; it is much more special than that—God Himself dwells internally within us. It is a scandalous truth—that people like us can host God’s presence. Therefore, let us be reminded that God dwells within us! So, today, thank Jesus for giving us a type of intimacy with God that we could have never earned on our own!
Prayer: Father, thank You for the gift of your presence. That You are a God who does not remain distant but insists on intimate communion with your people. Help us to always be aware of this amazing truth!
Bible Reading for Today: 2 Samuel 23-24