“Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished.” “Then Moses looked over all the work, and indeed they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, just so they had done it. And Moses blessed them.” Doesn’t that remind you of God? How He is always assessing His creation. Remember in the beginning, after God created, He would look at it and say it was good. After He created man; “Then God saw everything that He has made, and indeed it was very good.” (Gen 1:31) But 10 generations later from Adam, the first man, God looked upon His creation again and had a totally different assessment. “So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” (Gen 6:12) Then the Lord sent a flood to wipe everything out except Noah and his family and anything else with him on the ark. The Lord provided a way to be saved from His wrath, the ark. He let a preacher of righteousness in on His plan. For 120 years Noah warned the people of the judgment to come bc “the Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient towards you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance”. (2 Peter 3:9) Anyone that heeded Noah’s warning could have been saved if they had just gotten on the boat. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Now the flood wiped out sinners but it didn’t take care of the sin problem. 8 sinners who trusted the Lord stepped off that boat. God still desires to be with His people but bc of His holiness and our sinfulness He has to provide a way for us. At this point in the Story, priests are shedding the blood of innocent animals and His glory fills the portable tabernacle. He guides His people through the rising and lowering of a cloud over the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up the children of Israel would journey. “Whether it was 2 days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up they would journey.” The Lord is still working the plan to provide the Ultimate Way through Jesus Christ and He will send the Holy Spirit to guide His people. ”But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26) Tomorrow God gives further instructions to the people on how to approach Him. Remember, we have to come to God His way but aren’t you so grateful He provides a Way?! 🙌 Keep reading.
(Exodus 39:32-40:38, Numbers 9:15-23)