Exodus, Chapter 26

Thursday, July 2


Exodus, Chapter 26


You probably know what it is like to make preparations for a long-awaited guest. It could be a family member or friend you haven’t seen for a long time. You are looking forward to their arrival, planning for the stay, getting the house cleaned, and hospitable.

If you’ve been following along in our Exodus devotionals, you know that Israel is getting ready for the unlikeliest of houseguests: the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! The preparations are recorded in Exodus 25-40, which includes the construction of the tabernacle (Hebrew = dwelling place). It is shocking that the infinite God of the universe would camp in the desert with an unimpressive ancient near-Eastern tribe.

The care and detail that go into the Lord’s arrival is a reminder to us as well. John 1:14 reminds us, “…the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.” And Paul says, “may the Word of God dwell in your richly.”  Our hearts are now Christ’s home. The new tabernacle of God’s glory is the incarnate Christ. And by the Spirit, Jesus, ascended to the right hand of the Father, is wanting to dwell in us, in His church.


I wonder how the detailed instructions (Exodus 25-40) of preparing for the arrival of God in the Tabernacle might be translated in your life to preparing your heart to be Jesus’ home? What kind of care do you give to making your life fit to receive the Lord of Life?


Jesus, no amount of cleaning up will make my life fit to receive you. And yet, you come anyway. You come in love. And you come to do the cleaning and perfecting that you alone are capable of. Come Lord Jesus, quickly come. Stay in me and make me what you alone can do. Amen.


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