Glory of the Lord, Exodus 39-40. For the rest of the time that the
Israelites wandered through the wilderness, God would dwell in the
tabernacle as a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night. This light, known as the Shekinah Glory, was a constant reminder of the presence of God.
16 This Moses did; according to
all that the Lord commanded him, so he did. 17 In the first month in
the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was
erected. . . . .
34 Then the cloud 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 settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.
Exodus 40:16-17 & 34-38, ESV
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
The Tabernacle was done! The commandments of God had been followed explicitly, so that the tabernacle stood before the camp of Israel in all of its glory. The glory of the Lord (the Shekinah Glory) so covered the new tabernacle, that even Moses was not able to enter it.
For the rest of the time that the Israelites wandered through the wilderness, God would dwell in the tabernacle as a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was lifted up from the tabernacle, the Israelites knew that it was time to pack up their things and go where God was leading them. When the cloud came back down, they could set up camp.
Sometimes we wish that God's Shekinah Glory would direct us by day, and the fire of the Lord by night? Sometimes we can get quite exasperated trying to determine if we are truly following the way the Lord is leading.
Yet, look at what God has given to us; His glory fills His Word. We have an in-depth manual for living the Christian life according to the will of God. How much time do we spend reading and studying this manual? How much time do we spend in prayer seeking God's will for our lives?
The Lord Jesus promised the disciples that after He left, He would send the Holy Spirit to guide and direct them. This Holy Spirit lives withing the heart of every single believer. As we study His Word and seek God's will, the Holy Spirit guides us in the way we should go. So, in this way, the God's glory guides and directs us, just as it guided the Israelite nation in the wilderness.
Pray today that God will be gracious to you and constantly draw you to His Word, the Bible, and that He would draw you into fellowship with Him through prayer. Our Bibles, along with the leading of the Holy Spirit, are truly our pillars of cloud and pillars of fire!
In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children aloing;
Where the water's cool flow bathes the weary one's feet,
God leads His dear children along.
Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.
Some thru the waters, some thru the flood,
Some thru the fire, but all thru the blood;
Some thru great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.
(G. A. Young, 19th century)
Go, today, and let the Glory of God be your help and guide.
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