Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Tent of Meeting

7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp; he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the LORD would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. 8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise and stand, each of them, at the entrance of their tents and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses. 10 When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise and bow down, all of them, at the entrance of their tent. 11 Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then he would return to the camp; but his young assistant, Joshua son of Nun, would not leave the tent. NRSV
       If you have read the Bible though recently you were exposed to one very powerful truth. Which one you ask for there are so many? The one I speak of is this; that the God who is above all who claim to be god, the one who created all and is and was and will be, the great I am, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ desires to have a an intimate relationship with each of us. We see this in God’s relationship with, Adam, Abraham, Moses, David and so many more. This truth is most clear in God’s relationship with Jesus the Son of man and Son of God. Because of Jesus we have been made adopted children so that along with the people of Israel, God’s chosen people, we might have a relationship with God unhindered by our sin.
       This is not a small thing, in fact the cloud of witness mentioned in Hebrews 12:1-2, reminds us of just how close Jesus is to the father and therefore how we may come to Him as His children and experience the joy of direct fellowship with God anytime and anywhere.
       1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. NRSV
       Today, seek out that place where you and God meet in intimate fellowship. If you do not have such a place yet, begin to seek out and establish such a place of meeting for everyday fellowship with God.

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