The Traveling Tabernacle

Recently, I have been reading in the book of Exodus. I have tried to picture what it was like for those twelve large tribes with thousands of Israelites moving around in the desert. There were people and belongings, thousands of animals and provisions. But how do you prepare a group that size fleeing into the wilderness? The fact is… you can’t. It would be impossible even today. Think of all the panic this virus has kicked up, and we have only had to wander as far as our homes for a few months. God’s chosen people (the former slaves to Egypt) wandered around in the wilderness for forty years; but, like us, they weren’t alone.

Since the Garden of Eden, God has simply wanted to be with us. He created something that gives Him joy. He loves us. He wants to be with us in the day-to-day and help us successfully navigate this sometimes-tough life. In Exodus there is the most amazing stretch of six chapters (25-31) with detailed instructions on how to build a traveling house for God. What kind of love is that where the God of Heaven will go through the wilderness with us? He provided food from Heaven, water, a cloud to follow by day and fire by night. All of the basics that sustain life He provided. He gave instructions for everything imaginable. He supported them with knowledge of healthcare and He put in place sound ways to govern. There was no doubt He was with them, leading them.

Thankfully, through the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made, the children of God have His presence and guidance every day through the Holy Spirit! In our Covid-19 wilderness we aren’t alone, not even for a second. The same God who sustained the Israelites in the desert is ready and willing to help us right now. He is in us and works through us in the lives of those around us. We are His shining symbol of hope, His tabernacle in the wilderness.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17).

By Kimberly Pope

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