“So I will consecrate the Tent of Meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so tat I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.” (Exodus 29:44-46)
Worship is offered to a God present with His people. Israel became aware of the powerful presence of God through their deliverance from Egypt. God delivered them from Egypt so He could live among them in the worship place and be their God.
The Tent of Meeting gave solid evidence of God’s presence with His people. As they traveled to the land promised to God’s chosen people, the Israelites could be sure of a safe conduct. The God who had kept His promise to liberate them was with them. God’s presence reminded them who God was and what He had done for them. The presence of God is the sign of God’s favor first to the Israelites and finally to the Gentiles and to the whole world.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, we forget just how much You have done on behalf of us and for us, and that You have promised to always be with us. You give us free will to return Your commitment to love and serve You who have showered us so many times before. Today, we recommit ourselves to service and obedience to You alone. You are our God and to You alone have we sought to serve only You. In the meantime continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that the recent offer from Ukraine for finding a peaceful solution brings Russia to come and work for a peaceful conclusion to the fighting. We also pray for those around this country and around the world who are suffering under persecution and natural disasters and man made disasters, hoping You will protect all. We also pray for those who are suffering from the loss of loved ones, for all who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Nothing we do to punish others for hurting us, brings us healing.”
“If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.” (Numbers 14:8)
It was the pleasure and goodness of God toward His chosen people that would lead them into the Land of Promise. His presence would determine their achievements. God’s chosen people depend on His presence and thus can live without fear. When beloved, was the last time you knelt in prayer to God and told Him that no matter what took place, you would trust Him completely? When was the last time you told Him how much you love and depend upon Him? Do you still love Him? Tell Him!
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. ‘And the name of the city from that time on will be: The LORD Is There.’” (Ezekiel 48:35)
In God’s way of creating a people to dwell eternally in His presence, Ezekiel pointed forward to a day when all nations would recognize God as the sovereign Lord of history, Israel would be a holy people restored to a land newly distributed to the twelve tribes of Israel, and God in His glory and holiness would dwell among a cleansed and holy people. The holy people would dedicated themselves to worship of the God who lived among them in the worship place dedicated to His service. Can you imagine how large the worship space will be in heaven (1 cubit is 18” in length)???