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In Case You Missed It -- Exodus 40, Psalm 54

Exodus ends with a sober reminder. After the completion of the tabernacle, obeying all that God commands, Moses cannot enter the tent of meeting any longer. Why is this? Because God’s glorious presence in the cloud has settled upon the tabernacle (Exodus 40:38). Even Moses cannot be present where God dwells in all of HIs glory. So how can God’s people remain in the presence of the Lord? Exodus does not resolve this problem; we must wait for clearer answers as to how tabernacle worship enables Israel’s unique access to God. Leviticus will help to clarify, but consider all that God has done for the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in Exodus, and yet they remain unable to see God in all of His glory. Today, though God’s glory has been made manifest to us in the person of Christ, still we wait like Moses’ generation to see God’s glory endlessly. Humanity has seen our hope, but we continue to anticipate the day of undiminished dwelling in God’s presence. We await the complete resolution of our story, but we do so while clearly understanding what we need most. Thus, we cry out like the apostle John at the end of the Bible, “Come Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

Jeremiah Vaught