Thursday, February 12, 2009
God's Power and Presence
Todays reading in Chapters 39 and 40 of Exodus finishes the book. It involves the completion of the Tent of Meeting, its assemblage and its consecration. What do I learn today?
One thing is that God loves quality, beauty, skill. Listen to these descriptions:
"Using the blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics, they made the woven vestments for ministering in the Sanctuary."
"They hammered out gold leaf and sliced it into threads that were then worked into designs in the blue, purple, and scarlet fabric and fine linen."
"They mounted four rows of precious gemstones on it. First row: carnelian, topaz, emerald. Second row: ruby, sapphire, crystal. Third row: jacinth, agate, amethyst. Fourth row: beryl, onyx, jasper. The stones were mounted in a gold filigree"
"They made the plate, the sacred crown, of pure gold and engraved on it as on a seal: "Holy to God." "
Another is that when you fully obey the Lord, His power and His presence are manifested. Listen to this:
Moses finished the work.
34 -35 The Cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory of God filled The Dwelling. Moses couldn't enter the Tent of Meeting because the Cloud was upon it, and the Glory of God filled The Dwelling.
36 -38 Whenever the Cloud lifted from The Dwelling, the People of Israel set out on their travels, but if the Cloud did not lift, they wouldn't set out until it did lift. The Cloud of God was over The Dwelling during the day and the fire was in it at night, visible to all the Israelites in all their travels.
How cool is that? God power. God's presence. In an environment of lavish beauty.