It was a huge undertaking. The NLT version says “so at last” several times in this reading. All the effort that went into setting up the first Tabernacle was huge. Many people worked so long and hard to get things just the way God had prescribed to Moses: the inner curtain, the furniture, the utensils. There was ritual involved to prepare each item as well. Even Aaron, the priest, and his sons were washed and clothed with the holy garments and annointed.So at last, it was completed on the first day of the new year. What an accomplishment!
40:34 Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled it.” 35 Moses was no longer able to enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the Tabernacle was filled with the awesome glory of the Lord.
The reward for a job well-done! Can you imagine how that would be to physically see the manifestation of God Almighty?!
36 Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle and moved, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. 37 But if the cloud stayed, they would stay until it moved again.
What?? What happened to “so at last Moses finished the work”? You mean every time the cloud decided to move on, they would have to pack up all this work they so painstakingly performed to set up the Tabernacle? Then, go to where the cloud stopped and set it all up again?
Now I don’t feel quite as bad about the situation at my church. You see, we meet in a High School auditorium and we have to load in and load out all the sound equipment, welcome station, children’s equipment, etc. each Sunday. Like the people of Israel, it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it to see the presence of the Lord and experience His awesome glory.
I hope you’re taking this journey with us as we go through the Bible chronologically.