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Lord's Tabernacle Glory (Revelation 7.15-17)

"Therefore, 'they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence [or "spread his tent over them."] Never again will they hunger, never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Revelation 7.15-17)✞

Never Again Hunger

tabernacleThe cloud over the tabernacle covered the people and they served him day and night. In the Old Testament, Moses could not enter into the Tabernacle because of the Glory of the Lord. In Exodus 40.34b-38 we read, "Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, then they did not set out - until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during their travels." This was the cloud which guided the Israelites by day and the fire in the cloud that led them by night. At the dedication of Solomon's temple in 2 Chronicles 7.1b, "the glory of the Lord filled the temple." Even the priests could not enter it.✞

The Tent of Meeting

Shechinah GloryThe word "Tabernacle" always turned the thoughts of a Jew to "shechinah", and to say that God dwelt in any place was to say that his glory was there. The Jews came to increasingly think of God as remote from the world. They did not even think it right to speak of him in human terms, and so they took to calling God by the "shechinah."

"Lord's Tabernacle Glory"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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