Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Exodus 37-40.
“The cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” Exodus 40:34, CSB
We were all made for worship. The problem is that sin has distorted our understanding of worship. The consequence of this is that we tempted, and often give in to the temptation, to make our own gods. The book of Exodus ends with a continued focus on the building and furnishing of the tabernacle. The tabernacle would be where the Lord God Almighty would dwell. It was a special place for His presence. A meeting place with Him. The book ends with the Lord’s presence and glory filling the tabernacle. The truth is that tabernacle was just a building. It was the Lord’s presence and glory that made it special and good. But the building itself wasn’t perfect.
Jesus is the true and perfect tabernacle. John 1:14 says that Jesus came to dwell among us. The word for “dwelt” is the same in John 1:14 and Exodus 33:7, both referring to the tabernacle. When Jesus came He tabernacled among us. When Jesus died, the curtain that separated the holy of holies in the tabernacle was ripped, opening up for us a path to God through Him. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 tells us that we (followers of Jesus) are the temple of the Lord. Jesus made it possible for the presence of God to literally dwell within us. He not only dwells among us, He lives in us. Praise the Lord for His presence in you. Let Him draw you into His presence to worship Him throughout the day.