Today’s Reading: Numbers 7
Today’s Reflection: Numbers 7:89
And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.
After the consecration of the temple, Moses entered the tent to speak to God. As he knelt before the mercy seat and prayed he heard the voice of the Lord speaking back to him.
The tabernacle—and later the temple—was the centre of Jewish spiritual life. And since in Jewish culture everything was regarded as spiritual, it was the centre of life itself. In this place the priests of the tribe of Levi ministered on behalf of the children of Israel and spoke with God. This truth should have great meaning to us all, because in truth it is about us.
God asked Israel to build a sanctuary so He could dwell among His people (Exodus 25:8). In the New Testament Paul explains that the place of worship, that place where the Spirit of the Lord dwells, represents us. God desires to dwell within us, to make us His temple, His tabernacle, His sanctuary, His habitation, His dwelling place.
1 Corinthians 6:19 – Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.
As tabernacles of the Lord prayer becomes a time when we actually enter His presence; we find ourselves transported before His mercy seat, between the cherubim; we are able to hear from Him, receive direction and instruction, just as Moses did. But this happens as we consecrate ourselves to Him, as we sacrificially give of ourselves to Him, and as we dedicate ourselves to living for God and to living out His purposes in our own lives (1 Corinthians 15:31, Romans 12:1, 1 Peter 2:5).
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.