The Best is Yet to Come

followFollow Me: Law[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 25:10-22 [2]

Dwelling among the church was God’s first order of business after the terms of the covenant of law were accepted. He gave Moses specific instruction to build a tabernacle. But God wanted to be more than present among his people. He wanted to be available.

A mobile wood chest overlaid with gold would hold the copy of the covenant that God wrote. Poles could be inserted into four rings making the chest easy to lift and move. Where ever the church went God went with them represented by the roughly 2 by 3 by 2 foot expensive gold box.

The most interesting aspect of the chest, also called the Ark of the Covenant, is the lid made of pure gold adorned with two winged angels called Cherubim. Details of what these angels looked like were not given to Moses, implying the details were not necessary. The carved angels molded into the lid faced each other with their wings covering the chest. I have never seen an angel nor do I know anyone who has seen an angel. Apparently, this church did.

God planned to move from the mountain top into the camp to live among his people and more importantly give them a place where they can consult him. If you are feeling twinges of envy don’t. This church in the wilderness saw remarkable manifestations of God and heard him speak yet came to a bitter end. The things that happened to this church were written that we might not make the same mistakes.

Today we have something better than God living in a tent and speaking to his priest from an Ark. We have his Spirit dwelling within us as a down payment on the future he has promised.[3] Can he get any closer? And the best is yet to come.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look!” God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.[4]

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[1] In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul warns us that the things that happened in the wilderness were recorded as a warning to the church because Moses preached the same gospel about Jesus that was preached after Jesus resurrection. For this reason Israel/Jacob will be called the church in this series.

[2] All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Ephesians 1:13-14

[4] Revelation 21:3-4

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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