Exodus 25:8 (NIV) – Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) – Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
Having God’s presence dwelling among the people would set them apart from any other people. Through the building of this tent of meeting (tabernacle) – God would make his presence known to them and to all. What we have been reading in Exodus has been building up to this point – God rescues and delivers his people and is setting them apart as a people for himself and what sets them apart or identifies them from all other people? His very presence is with them, dwelling with them.
Let’s also reflect on this from Gordon Fee, page 19, Paul, the Spirit and the People of God: “The gathered church is the place of God’s own personal presence, by the Spirit. This is what marks off God’s new people from ‘all the other people on the face of the earth’ (Exodus 33:16). There is not a more important word in all the New Testament as to the nature of the local church than this one! The local church is God’s temple in the community where it is placed; and it is so by the presence of the Spirit alone, by whom God has now revisited his people.”
Let’s spend time thanking the Lord for how he has called us to be his church as his Spirit dwells with us. Let’s remember in thanksgiving the brothers and sisters that we have in the church and pray that together we will continue and in greater measure make known his presence to the places we are ministering – whether in our cities and campuses.
Let’s close in worship to this song, “Hands to the Heavens‘ by Kari Jobe.