Re: Verse reading–Exodus 39:32, 42-43; 40:1-2, 16-17, 32-38 (day one)
“So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during all their travels.”–40:38.
At the end of the day, it is our only advantage, the only thing that distinguishes Christians from other people. The Lord is with us! Not because we are good. The golden calf settled that. Not because we are strong. Years of slavery gave them (us) nothing to offer. Rather, because He called us to Himself in covenant, because He has given us His name. Not fail safe! Not something that anyone should take for granted! Years later God would remove His glorious presence from the temple and nation. Even now, there are “Christians” who by grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit, live without any evidence of His nearness. Protection. . . Identity. . . Guidance. . . All these are ours when God is with us.