The Word

Exodus 40:33b-38

So Moses finished the work. 34 Then the cloud [the Shekinah, God’s visible presence] 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 remained upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 In all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the Israelites went onward; 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, they did not journey on till the day that it was taken up. 38 For throughout all their journeys the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle byday, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.

The Message

I went back to the beginning of the Bible to read it all over again. I just finished the book of Exodus. The first part is very interesting. Who would not want to read the story of how God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage? But as I go deeper into the book, Chapter 21,
the ordinances, the dos and don’ts, it becomes more difficult to concentrate. But I was determined to finish it this time. Then I go even deeper to Chapter 26, the Lord begins to give instructions on how the tabernacle and the ark-of-the-covenant should be built. He describes
the altar of burnt offering, the lampstand, the priestly garments, the ephod, the breastplate, and such like with detail that left me hanging my mouth open. I had to make up my mind yet again to stay with the endless detail. Then in the last chapter of Exodus, the Bible says, ‘So Moses finished the work’.

It was an amazing experience, this time around. The word of God is new every morning indeed. The level of detail was too much to take in.
The length, breadth and height of all the articles in the tabernacle were precisely given. The exact materials, even the threads and fabrics were described in detail. In fact, to accomplish what He described, the Lord had to endow the artisans specially with the Spirit of God to enable them create what He wanted at that level of detail.

A thought kept following me around and I know it was the Spirit of God, ‘If He went to that much detail to describe what He wanted in a
temporary abode, how much more detail has He put to my life in which He abides permanently, eternally?’. If He was so concerned about the Ark of the Covenant, it means that He has applied even more detail to my life and has worked out a perfect and beautiful plan which is
eternal. No part of my life is left out in this plan, even the parts I don’t pay too much attention to. He is interested in all.

He is also concerned with how they all work together to bring to pass His plan for my life. That is the part that excited me. Not just the detail but that they all work hand in hand to get me to fulfill my God given destiny.

That is not all. Having put it all together, The Lord would come down into the Tabernacle whenever He wanted to lead His people further
into their journey to the Promised Land. He would depart when He wanted them to stop. He constantly made His presence known when He wanted to. It was an amazing glorious blaze of clouds or fire, depending on what time of the day, but the people were not in doubt of His presence when He was with them. Nor were they in doubt as to when He wanted them to move, because He was visibly present.

I could not get over how blessed I am because I move around with His presence 24/7. He is constantly with me. He does not come and go. He is always with me. He leads me by His Spirit. I don’t need clouds in the day or fire by night, all He needs to do is nudge me and He gets my attention. All I need to do is call His name and He answers. What a comforting and reassuring thought.

As believers in the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have a better deal than the Israelites. His concern for us is based on grace. His love for us is unconditional and eternal- it never fails. His relationship with us is not based on physical things like the Ark or the tabernacle, but on an eternal covenant based on the shed blood of His Son. It makes all the difference. It places us on a different pedestal from the Israelites. It’s no longer about physical things that have been put aside but a living Man/God called Jesus the Christ who lives and reins forever.

I have always thought this portion of the Bible is tedious to read, but for the first time I could relate with the detail and see how God works it all out for me. There is great detail in the life that I live that is controlled and executed by an extremely loving God. If I am not mindful of it,
I could work through life never really understanding that fact about me. That would be sad, because I would not be as grateful as I ought to be to the One who works it. I would take my life for granted. I would even get to think of my life as a function of my doing, rather than giving the glory where it is due.

My friend, take time to appreciate how God has put together the details of the life you live. How come that money came just before rent was
due? How come you got that job in Dubai, just when your last child is off to boarding house? Take time to appreciate His constant presence with you, that there is no time you will need His presence or direction that you do not have access to it. Take time to thank Him for who He is. He is the ever present and loving God who has the details of our lives right before Him, making sure that none of it fails. He is the good
God. Halleluyah. Ck