Midweek Wake-Up, August 30th, 2018
Exodus chapter 40 provides the climax to the whole book. When the tabernacle is fully set up according to the instructions God provided the glory of the LORD comes and fills the tabernacle. Earlier, on mount Sinai the people of Israel couldn’t go up to God, so here we see God graciously coming down and dwelling amongst them. God dwelling with His people is one of the great themes of the whole Bible. The climax of the book of Exodus anticipates the climax of the whole of Bible and, indeed, the whole of human history. In Exodus full and free access into the presence of the living God is still not possible. At the end of the book of Revelation it is: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. (Rev 21:3) Dwelling in the presence of God in a renewed heavens and earth in transformed resurrection bodies is God’s endgame for us, His church.
All of this raises a question for me. If living in God’s presence for eternity in a new heaven and a new earth is the great goal of all history, how come we spend such little time thinking about these things? How often do you spend time thinking about heaven? When was the last time that the thought of being with God in heaven thrilled you? What stops us from thinking about heaven more? How can we help one another be more captivated by heaven? After all, as C.S. Lewis said “Joy is the serious business of heaven”!