June 2, 2019

THE CLOUD AND THE GLORY

And it came to pass in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was raised up.  So Moses raised up the tabernacle, fastened its sockets, set up its boards, put in its bars, and raised up its pillars.  And he spread out the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent on top of it, as the Lord had commanded Moses.  He took the Testimony and put it into the ark, inserted the poles through the rings of the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of the ark.  And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, hung up the veil of the covering, and partitioned off the ark of the Testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses. (Exodus 40:17-21).,,,,, So Moses finished the work.  Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys.  But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up.  For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. (Exodus 40:34-38).

The scripture above says tabernacle was raised up and everything was done according as the Lord had commanded Moses, and then the Lord came down and His glory filled the tabernacle. The presence of God was manifested in the tent of meeting because everything that they were supposed to do were done correctly by all the artisans and Moses that put them together. Many times we hear the voice of God concerning some issues, but we still turn deaf ears to what He tells us to do.

A good example was the case with king Saul who was given specific instructions by the Lord but did not follow through. Let us read “Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord.  Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.  Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ” So Saul gathered the people together and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men of Judah.  And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and lay in wait in the valley. Then Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart, get down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the children of Israel when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.  And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt.  He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.  But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying,  “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments. (1Samuel15:1-11). King Saul was rejected as king and David was sought for in his place.

Many problems we encounter today were because we partially obey God, and we think we have done enough to earn His pass mark.  I Samuel 15:22 says “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”  Can we see what partial obedience has caused? Because he was rejected, the Spirit of God departed from him and was replaced with evil spirit, which was the beginning of torture and disaster throughout his remaining time as king and his reign did not end well.

Because Moses did exactly what the Lord commanded, the glory of God came down and fill the tabernacle. If we desire to continue to be in His presence we must OBEY ALL HIS COMMANDS. It is not enough to go to Church, or prayer meeting or fellowship. if we are not FULLY OBEYING HIS STATUTES AND ORDINANCES, we have rebelled against Him, the sin is as the sin of witchcraft and our stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. So it is not only when we create image and bow down to it that we commit idolatry. Therefore whatever the Lord commanded us to do, let us do them. If we desire to follow the Lord with all our hearts and minds, the Lord will release MORE GRACE upon us to do His bidding. My prayer is that the Lord will continue to explain His Words to us and give us the grace to be the DOER of the Word in Jesus Name, Amen. Stay Blessed!

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