Summary of passage: The cloud and glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle once it was completed and no one could enter. Whenever the cloud lifted, the Israelites would continue their journey. If the cloud stayed, they stayed. The cloud was over the tabernacle by day and fire by night during all the Israelites travels.
9a) “The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”
b) That He would dwell amongst His people
c) When the Holy Spirit filled the early Christians.
d) Acts 2:38: “Repent and be baptized…in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
10a) Moses could no longer enter the Tent of Meeting.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Moses couldn’t enter the Tent of Meeting because God’s glory was too powerful to be near. He did not have the Holy Spirit within. As a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ, I have the Holy Spirit within and I can be next to God. I can use God’s power and guidance to serve Him in His ways.
Conclusions: Short and sweet. When we obey God, we are blessed. He is pleased with us and He dwells with us and walks with us. He does anyways if we are believers but when we do His will, He rewards us.
We should feel immensely blessed that we live on this side of heaven and have the Holy Spirit to help us through this rough and turbulent life we lead. It’s something we should thank God for daily–for His Son, Jesus Christ, who saved us so we can be with God. Amazing and wonderful and compassionate and inspiring!
End Notes: The same thing happened to Solomon when the Temple was completed (1 Kings 8:10-11). Without God, it was just a tent. With God, it’s holy.
God kept His promise to stay with the Israelites and the book of Exodus ends with such hope and obedience. Awesome!