Exodus 37–40: The Tabernacle & The Glory of the Lord

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 23: Monday

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and
the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses
was not able to enter the tent of meeting because
the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the
LORD filled the tabernacle.

“Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.”
Exodus 40:34–38

In Monday’s Bible reading is Exodus 37–40, the work of building the tabernacle and making the garments for the priests is completed. The tabernacle is set up with its furnishings arranged—all according to God’s plan and God’s time—a symbol of the heavenly reality.1

“Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

“For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us…”
Hebrews 8:1–2, 9:24

Isaiah 42 Photograph: ChristianPhotos.net – Free High Resolution Photos for Christian Publications
A full size replica of the Israelite Tabernacle in Timna, Israel: Public Domain.
1See Exodus 9–12: Death & The Passover Lamb for Edmund Clowney’s explanation of ‘type’ and

Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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