God’s Dwelling Place
Scripture: Exodus 25:1-28:43
Moses and the Israelites were asked to sacrificially contribute to the building of the Ark of the Covenant and Tabernacle, the place God’s presence would dwell and atonements for sins would be made. The covenant-keeping God would now dwell among His people. How thrilling!
God is quite the designer, isn’t He? In Genesis we witness His creative genius as He spoke the world into order. Now, He designed His sanctuary. Without leaving any detail to chance, He gave exact cubit-by-cubit instructions for the building of each article, including the magnificent priestly garments.
Our God is exact and intentional in His creative process. In the Old Testament, the Israelites worshiped God in the temporary Tabernacle built by Moses. Later, they worshiped God in the permanent Temple built by Solomon. In the New Testament, we learn of yet another place God resides.
“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
We are the dwelling place of His Holy Spirit. We are His temple. God took great care in creating you and me! Check out His handiwork as described in Psalm 139:13-16a:
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.”
We are His place of worship. Let’s live worshipfully by guarding what enters our temples through what we watch, listen to, think, speak, eat, and do. The covenant-keeping God who dwelled among the Israelites now dwells within us. How thrilling!
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