A Place to Belong!

God Dwells Among His People

Exodus 25-31; 35-40

Where does God live? God’s mission is to actually dwell among his people.

There are three expressions on how God establishes how he will live among his people.

  • God intends to dwell among his people by constructing a tabernacle where he could reside.

    Exodus 25:8-9
    “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.

  • God instructs and equips his people to build the tabernacle, the place for his dwelling.

    Exodus 35-40
    Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do: For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death. Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”
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  • God arrives to dwell with his people as a pillar of cloud representing his presence.

    Exodus 29:45-46
    Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.

    Exodus 40:34-38
    Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

Live It Out

  • Realize that God dwells among us today
    • As a church – the spirit dwells among us.
    • As a follower of Christ – the spirit indwells us.
  • Involve generously your treasure, time and talent in the building of the church.
  • Attend to the holy presence of God dwelling in you, daily and weekly.