How CAN the ‘GLORY of GOD’ fill our LIVES? "So Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle." (Exodus 40:33-35)
The Tabernacle of Meeting was the location that God chose to meet with the children of Israel as they travelled through the wilderness to the Promised Land. It was always God’s desire to dwell with His children in their midst. However, God had very specific instructions regarding how Moses and the children of Israel had to build the Tabernacle, the Artisans who would build the Tabernacle (Exodus 31:1-11; 35:30-35), the Offerings for the tabernacle (Exodus 35:4-9) and all the articles in the Tabernacle (Exodus 35:10-19; 38:21-31) including the Altar of Incense (Exodus 30:1-10; 37:25-28; 38:1-7), the Bronze Laver (vv. 17-21; 38:8), the Holy Anointing Oil (vv. 22-33), the Incense (vv. 34-38), the Ark of the Testimony (Exodus 37:1-9), the Table for the Showbread (vv. 10-16), the Gold Lampstand (vv. 17-24) and the Court of the Tabernacle (Exodus 38:9-20).
We see that the children of Israel (Exodus 39:32, 42-43) under the leadership of Moses (Exodus 40:16) did everything exactly as God had commanded them. They did not add anything on their own or failed in any area concerning God’s specification for building the Tabernacle. After Moses finished his work, we see God put His stamp of approval upon the Tabernacle by allowing His glory to fill the tabernacle and cover it completely with His presence (Exodus 40:34-35).
Everything that God did concerning the children of Israel is a shadow of what He does in our lives today. God dwelt among the children of Israel first through the Tabernacle of Meeting during the desert wanderings, then through Solomon’s Temple built when the children of Israel settled in Canaan, thereafter through Zerubbabel’s Temple built on the ruins of Solomon’s Temple that was finally rebuilt by King Herod in 46 years (John 2:20) that existed during Jesus’ lifetime. When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, he ended the means of how God would dwell among His children by tearing apart the veil of separation in the Temple (Luke 23:45b). This Temple would be totally destroyed in 70 A.D. just as Jesus had prophesized (Luke 19:41-44).
While Jesus lived on the earth, He was the Temple of God (John 2:19, 21). Today, our bodies are the Temples of God as the Spirit of God dwells in us (1 Cor. 3:16). We have the solemn responsibility of keeping our bodies pure and holy knowing that God dwells in us just as He dwelt in the Tabernacle of Meeting during the time of Moses. We should be careful to obey ALL the commandments of God revealed to us through His Holy Word. Then only we can expect the glory of God to fill our lives every day!