PRESENCE PROMISED | DAY XXX

READ EXODUS 25

The Tabernacle, as we’ve seen, was always designed to point you and me forward to Christ! The place of God’s presence among men was brought into fullness in the person of Jesus Christ. As heaven and earth met in the Incarnation, we need look no further for God’s promise to dwell among man than in the person of Jesus.

When we talk about the Tabernacle and the way that it points us forward to Christ, we call it a “type.” This is the theological word that many use to talk about things that God instituted that were meant to represent or foreshadow a greater reality.

How was the Tabernacle a “type” of Christ? Name several ways that have stood out to you throughout this study.

 

God promised that He would come and dwell among His people. And in the Tabernacle He did, but it wasn’t until the Incarnation when Christ became man that we see the richness of this promise bloom. God didn’t come just to dwell among His people in a limited way, but he wanted to dwell with them ultimately. 

Read Exodus 25:8. What does God promise regarding His presence?

 

Read Matthew 1:23. What did God promise regarding His presence in Christ?

 

What minor grammatical difference do you see between these two phrases?

 

In the Tabernacle, God was “among” His people. But in Christ, God dwelt “with” His people. In keeping His promise, God is inching ever closer to His people, coming nearer and nearer to them in His promise-keeping way.

And while He fulfilled His promise in Christ, He didn’t stop there.

Read John 14:18-28. Before Jesus returns to heaven, what does He promise regarding His presence?

 

Read 1 Corinthians 6:19. Where does God dwell among men today?

 

The Tabernacle pointed forward to Christ, and Christ pointed forward to His Spirit coming and indwelling the Church! God has not ceased to dwell among His people, but has sent His Spirit to take up residence in those who have been united to Him in faith. Today, the Church is the place we can look when we wonder where God is in the world. And today, when we wonder if we have a place in God’s presence, it is the Spirit of God within us that assures us: Christ’s sacrifice was sufficient. God has made a way for us to enter the presence of God. That way? It’s Christ.

 

PRAY & REFLECT

Thank God for making a way for you to enter His presence. Thank Him for sending Christ. Thank Him for sending His Spirit. Ask Him to help you walk in His Spirit in such a way that reveals His character to others. 

Author: amygannett

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