In the final chapter of Exodus we see the completion of the tabernacle. Everything has been made exactly as God had instructed, and now here God is instructing Moses as to how the furniture should be arranged within the tabernacle and the courtyard. You can see the instructions that Moses received in verses 1-11. And have a look at what it says in verse 16: “Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.” Everything the Lord did, there was complete obedience from Moses! The tabernacle and the courtyard are assembled just as God had instructed.
Exodus 40:34-35 says “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 had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” God was pleased with the obedience of Moses and the Israelites. With the complete obedience in the putting together of the tabernacle, it would have demonstrated to God that the Israelites believed in Him and loved Him. In a similar way, we can be sometimes quick to profess our faith and our love for God, but we don’t demonstrate it with our actions. When we come to a place of demonstrating our faith and love for God through our actions, it pleases Him. And so, the Glory of God filled the tabernacle, and Moses was unable to enter it. We also see something similar in 1 Kings 8:10-11. When Solomon had completed and dedicated the temple, the Glory of God so filled the temple that they couldn’t stay in it: “When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord. And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.”
Let me ask you a question: Do you want to see the glory of God in your life? I would imagine the answer is going to be yes, and maybe the next question will be, ‘How can I see the glory of God in my life?’ In John 11:40, Jesus is speaking to Martha at the tomb of her brother Lazarus, and he says to her “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” If you want to see the glory of God in your life, let me encourage you to live a life of faith and a life of love for Jesus. Not just the professing of faith and the professing of love, but the demonstration of faith and love in the way we live our lives on a daily basis.