"Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle."
Did you notice the recurring phrase "as the LORD had commanded Moses"? In Exodus 39-40 it is repeated 13 times. Look at what God did after Moses, and the people of Israel obeyed God's instruction in building the tabernacle! (Exodus 39:43)
Can you imagine the appearance of the tabernacle after the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD filled it? The glory of the LORD so filled the tabernacle, Moses was unable to enter. I am reminded of the passages in John 14-17 where Jesus speaks to the disciples for the last time before the crucifixion. In John 14:16-17, Jesus says He will send another Helper to be with us forever, and we will know Him because He will dwell with us and will be in us. The concept of "to dwell" is the same as "to tabernacle." The Holy Spirit comes to tabernacle with me. Then, in John 17:22 Jesus says the glory God has given Him, He has given to those who believe in Him. Oh my, even in a more intimate way than God, in His glory, dwelt with the Israelites in the tent of meeting, He not only dwells in and with me but gives me His glory.
LORD God, the obedience of the Israelites in preparing the tabernacle for You encourages me. But Your response to their obedience leaves me in awe. The tabernacle being wholly filled with Your glory such that there was no room for Moses makes me jealous. As Your Spirit dwells with and in me, may Your glory so fill me there is no room for Roy.
"After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), 'I thirst.'"
The last thing Jesus did was to fulfill Scripture (Psalm 22:15, 69:21). In Matthew 1:22, we are told His conception was for the same purpose. So from the very beginning of Jesus' life to the last act of His life, He fulfilled all that was prophesied about Himself.
I am always astounded that even though Jesus knew what would happen to Him, He finished it all. When I realize He did it to fulfill Scripture, I am blown away. Scripture is God's Word. Therefore, Jesus allowed all that happened because His Word prophesied it would occur. What God says will be, will be.
Who besides the Living God could do that? See John 19:36-37, even what happened after Jesus' death was to fulfill Scripture.
"The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD."
Just think, Jesus decided which Roman soldier would win His tunic.
Please Sovereign LORD may I always remember this truth. Your sovereignty is such that even dice respond to Your decision.
What a great way to end a morning of worship! Sing along with the Apostle Paul by clicking on the link below.
To Carol's great distress, I sang this a cappella in church once. Since I was willing to do that, this is obviously one of my favorite songs with which to worship my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.