Why should the Christian be thankful? Pastor Streeter reminds us of several reasons Christians should be thankful–not just on Thanksgiving–but every day. (951119)
Verses 34-38 “34Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
35And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
36And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:
37But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.
38For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”
The shekinah glory cloud filled the tabernacle to prove that God was with His people. This glory of God had been with the Israelites since the day that they left Egypt. It was God, guiding them and giving them courage. It would be with them throughout their 40 years in the wilderness. However, God’s special presence and blessing is always linked to the obedience of God’s people. The disobedience of a church, or of an individual life, may cause the glory to depart (see I Sam.4:21-22). This same glory of God will fill the New Jerusalem when it is established on the New Earth, and the Lord Jesus will dwell with His people forever and forever ( see Rev.21: 10,11,22,23). Amen!
Verse 16 “Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.”
These words are found eight times in this chapter. “As the Lord commanded Moses,” tells us that Moses did exactly as God told him to do. We must do God’s work God’s way and not decide that we know a better way. There are examples in the Bible of those who displeased the Lord by trying to do God’s work their own way. Nadab and Abihu lost their lives while sincerely serving the Lord, but doing so disobediently. (see Numbers 3:4).
These words, which are found time and time again throughout this chapter and the next, show that the precise instructions given for the construction of the tabernacle, and the exact obedience of Israel in making the tabernacle according to God’s Word, was absolutely essential in the worship of the Lord. True worship of God must be in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We can not worship God just as we please. If our worship is to be acceptable to God, it must be according to God’s Word.
Does God ever get angry at believers? Yes, apparently He does. But, what is it that makes God angry at His own people? In this passage God is angry at Moses, one of the greatest believers who ever lived. God is angry at him for the very reason that Moses did not want to do what God told him to do. When God commands us and we do not obey, God is very just in becoming angry at us.