The building of the Tabernacle (tent or dwelling) reaches its culmination in Exodus 40.
The Tabernacle was at the centre of Israelite life:
The tabernacle, or Tent of Meeting, was a portable sanctuary that served as a place of worship for the Israelites from the time of the wilderness wanderings until the building of the temple by Solomon. It was where God dwelt with the Israelites. The actual structure was only 15 feet tall—less than the height of a two-story house. But in the desert it was the highest structure in the camp of the Israelites and rose above the sea of tents as the constant reminder of God’s presence at the center of the nation.
Halley’s Bible Handbook
The Tabernacle was raised one year after the Israelites’ rescue from Egypt and culminates the nation building God has been doing with Israel as part of his rescue plan for them.
Just as the Tabernacle was at the centre of Israel’s community of faith, reminding them that God dwelt with them, we as New Testament believers have a different reminder of God’s rescue and dwelling amongst us:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In Luke we see God’s bigger plan for the world which he promised to Abraham back in Genesis 16 to bless the nations.
Jesus stands ready to drink the cup that will place him at the centre of our faith forever more.
Let’s reflect on the true centre of our faith and God’s awesome sweeping plan of redemption across the ages for us as we remember and celebrate this Easter weekend.