We Are the "Tent of Meeting"

    One thing the Bible teaches us is that God wants to meet with us.

    In the Garden of Eden, heaven and earth became one as God walked with Adam. The Onkelos Targum translates the Genesis 3:8 passage as Adam heard “the voice of the Word of the Lord God walking.” John says, “In the beginning was the Word.” He goes on to say the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John1:1,14) John is telling us that the Word is God and Jesus is God.

    When God gave Moses instructions for the tabernacle, it was to be called the Tent of Meeting. Israelites watched as Moses entered the Tent and the Pillar of Cloud descended as Moses and God met and talked. (Exodus 33:8-9)

    Met and talked. Like friends, confidants.

    Here is evidence during three time periods in the Bible of God’s desire to meet with His people.

    Today, the time after the cross and resurrection, we are the tent of meeting. If you are a born again believer, Jesus, the Word, lives in you. It is pure love that we are given this privilege.

    Jesus calls to us; waits for us amid all the distractions. His desire is for us to be taught, comforted, encouraged and to be shown what is to come.

     But he leaves the act of meeting to us.

    If God seems distant, praise. Thank Him for the smallest graces He sees to in your day. Thank Him for the grander blessings you enjoy. Praise is the signature of gratefulness.  It puts us in a state of humbleness. It makes us realize God’s involvement in our life.

    James says, “Do not err...every good and every perfect gift is from above  and comes down from the Father...” (James 1:16-17)

    God says He inhabits the praise of His people. But not for His benefit. It is for ours. The benefit is what His power is able to overcome by our praise: fear, doubt, worry.

    Breathe in the air He has given us, and exhale it as praise back to Him.

    Let the “meeting” last all day. Acknowledge it when you wake up at night.
    Allow heaven and earth to become one as you walk with God. Keep it up all week. All month. All summer. Every day for the rest of your life. 

    Let us take full advantage of the gift the cross has given us.

    I’m praying this over my life and I invite you to join me: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness... For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.” (Colossians 2:6-7 and 9-10 NIV)

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