Exodus 40* The tabernacle is to be set up, Aaron and his sons to besanctified. (1-15) Moses performs all as directed. (16-33) Theglory of the Lord fills the tabernacle. (34-38)1-15 When a new year begins, we should seek to serve God betterthan the year before. In half a year the tabernacle wascompleted. When the hearts of numbers are earnest in a goodcause, much may be done in a short time; and when thecommandments of God are continually attended to, as the rule ofworking, all will be done well. The high-priesthood was in thefamily of Aaron till Christ came, and in Him, the substance ofall these shadows, it continues for ever. 16-33 When the tabernacle and the furniture of it wereprepared, they did not put off rearing it till they came toCanaan; but, in obedience to the will of God, they set it up inthe midst of their camp. Those who are unsettled in the world,must not think that this will excuse want of religion; as if itwere enough to begin to serve God when they begin to be settledin the world. No; a tabernacle for God is very needful, even ina wilderness, especially as we may be in another world before wecome to fix in this. And we may justly fear lest we shoulddeceive ourselves with a form of godliness. The thought that sofew entered Canaan, should warn young persons especially, not toput off the care of their souls. 34-38 The cloud covered the tabernacle even in the clearestday; it was not a cloud which the sun scatters. This cloud was atoken of God's presence to be seen day and night, by all Israel,that they might never again question, Is the Lord among us, oris he not? It guided the camp of Israel through the wilderness.While the cloud rested on the tabernacle, they rested; when itremoved, they followed it. The glory of the Lord filled thetabernacle. In light and fire the Shechinah made itself visible:God is Light; our God is a consuming Fire. Yet so dazzling wasthe light, and so dreadful the fire, that Moses was not able toenter into the tent of the congregation, till the splendour wasabated. But what Moses could not do, our Lord Jesus has done,whom God caused to draw near; and who has invited us to comeboldly, even to the mercy-seat. Being taught by the Holy Spiritto follow the example of Christ, as well as to depend upon him,to attend his ordinances, and obey his precepts, we shall bekept from losing our way, and be led in the midst of the pathsof judgment, till we come to heaven, the habitation of hisholiness. BLESSED BE GOD FOR JESUS CHRIST!
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