Bible Reading for today is Exodus 29-31.
Today I will be commenting only on a couple of verses from chapter 29.
“And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.” Exodus 29:45-46 (KJV)
When I read the Old Testament it is obvious to me that God is full of grace and mercy. It is evident in the way He deals with Israel. He desires to dwell among His people, and He makes every way He can in His holiness and righteousness to make it possible.
What does it mean for God to “dwell among” His people. It means very much for His people. It means having access to the most powerful being in existence. It means having a meaningful relationship and fellowship with that Being. It means being a part of His family. It means a place in eternity forever with Him. Most of all is that He is glorified.
In the New Testament Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you… that where I am there you may be also” (John 14:3 & 4). That was what the work of Jesus Christ accomplished. The Old Testament picture is only a shadow of what Jesus was coming to do.
It is God’s desire, also, that the world know Him. One phrase that is used over and over again in the Old Testament is “they shall know that I am the LORD…” The prophet Ezekiel uses it over sixty times. God has made a way through Jesus Christ to know Him. There is no other way.
God desires it but will not force you. He will be glorified in you.
Remember to read Exodus 29 – 31 today.
-Tim A. Blankenship
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