The book of Exodus begins with the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in bondage in Egypt. They are in bitter enslavement to Egypt. Exodus ends, however, fulfilling the meaning of its title “Exodus” and the children are free from bondage.
My reading this morning included Exodus 35 – Leviticus 8. I will not be commenting on the Leviticus reading, but only on the Exodus portion, and particularly the ending.
From bondage in Egypt the children of Israel, are delivered after many wonderful things which God performed through His servants Moses and Aaron. Plagues which came upon Egypt; unlike anything they had ever witnessed; or ever would witness in their lifetimes. It was God’s plan to deliver them, His way. It would not be the way of Moses, nor the way of Aaron; but God’s.
It is God’s intention that His name be glorified and nothing else. That is the greatest desire of God; that He be glorified.
The Exodus shows us the children of Israel on a journey from Egypt, through the wilderness; at least to Mount Sinai; receiving God’s commandments; instructions, and designs on worshipping God.
In the Exodus we see sin raise its ugly, demonic head while Moses is on the Mount receiving the law; and after they have said, “All that God commands we will do.” They call on Aaron to make them gods (32:1-2) of gold and to honor for their deliverance from Egypt; I suppose. God tells Moses to go down quickly, and he finds a riotous, debaucherous worship more in tune with the surround peoples than godly going on; defiling everything the people has said they would do.
Yet, God in His grace and mercy brings them to His glory. They see His glory in the “tent of the congregation” or tabernacle,
“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: but if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” Exodus 40:34-38 (KJV)
And, even Moses cannot enter due to His glory upon the tabernacle.
That shows us, that even Israel, and the Law cannot bring us into His glory. The law fulfilled in God’s only begotten Son, His blood sacrifice on the cross, His burial, and resurrection can bring sinful man, redeemed, cleansed, and into the very presence of God.
“For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16
Jesus Christ is our High Priest who has given His own blood that we might go into the very presence of God. I pray you find yourself there today.
-Tim A. Blankenship