Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because… the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. (Exodus 40:35)
God’s glory kept Moses outside the tent of meeting. His presence was too holy and Moses was too unholy. That’s how Exodus ends. It leaves you thinking, There must be something more, but what?
Thankfully, that’s where the book of Leviticus picks up. Leviticus outlines in painstaking detail how Israel’s priests were to administer animal sacrifices, and how they were to handle the animal’s blood, entrails, etc.
Then we reach the book of Numbers; it begins, “The LORD spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting” (1:1). Here, the word ‘in’ warrants our attention…and our amazement. ‘In’ indicates that through Levitical sacrifice Moses was permitted to go where he couldn’t go before. He, though unholy at the end of Exodus, had now been made holy to worship in God’s presence.
When we understand how holy God really is, it’s amazing that sinners would be permitted in His presence under any circumstance. And yet, for us today God has brought even greater meaning to that word ‘in’.
Centuries later, God provided His own sacrifice—a sacrifice so powerful that it has “perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (Heb. 10:14). Through Jesus’ blood, God has made unholy people like us “holy and blameless” (Eph. 1:4; Col. 1:22), giving us direct, irrevocable access to His presence—a level of access that would have blown Moses’ mind.
I wonder: does that ever blow your mind? Does it ever dawn on you what an amazing privilege it is to be in God’s presence? Will you pause right now and thank Jesus for being God’s sacrifice for you?
Indeed, all our worship hinges on that one little word: ‘in’—for in Christ we can worship in God’s presence today and forever. So as Sunday approaches, give yourself some time to stop and be amazed by what Jesus has done to give once-unholy people like us access to a holy God.
If we’ll live in that kind of amazement, our gathered worship will be full of glory and blessing.
Set List for Sunday, February 04, 2018:
The Solid Rock (J. Johnson, E. Mote, W. Bradbury)
This Is Amazing Grace (J. Farro, J. Riddle, P. Wickham)
No Longer Slaves (J. Case, J. Helser, B. Johnson)
What A Beautiful Name (B. Fielding, B. Ligertwood)
In Christ Alone (K. Getty, S. Townend)
You can also listen to a playlist of LifePoint’s current song rotation on Spotify.