A Place for God to Dwell with His People
When the Lord delivered the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage, His purpose was expressed in this text in Exodus. The Lord gave out His instructions to Moses, regarding the sanctuary that He desired. It was to be a place where He could dwell with His chosen people.
Freedom from Bondage and Freedom to Live in the Lord’s Presence
The Hebrews had been in slavery in Egypt for 400 years, and when the time of deliverance came, the Lord’s intention was to free them from the bondage to Pharaoh, but also to establish a meeting place where He could live among the Israelites and be their God.
The Lord established the Tabernacle and the priesthood as a place to meet with the people of Israel there. He intended it to be a dwelling place, where He would fellowship with His people. God said in Exodus 29:43-46: “I will meet the people of Israel there, and the Tabernacle will be sanctified by my glorious presence. Yes, I will make the Tabernacle and the altar most holy, and I will set apart Aaron and his sons as holy, that they may be my priests. I will live among the people of Israel and be their God, and they will know that I am the LORD their God. I am the one who brought them out of Egypt so that I could live among them. I am the LORD their God.
The Lord’s desire was to dwell in relationship with His people, and reward them with His divine presence and glory. When the tabernacle was complete, the shekinah glory settled upon the tabernacle and hovered over it, to demonstrate His constant presence day and night to all of Israel. The nation of Israel thrived because of the blessing of the divine presence.
The Lord’s Desire is to Dwell with His People and Bless them with His Presence
What is it that God desires of us today? What does He want? He still wants to visit His people, to be constantly present with His people and to dwell among them.