If you’re still reading along on our Odyssey 08 journey, you’ve just read about the dedication of the Tabernacle in the book of Numbers. At the end of the list of the special offerings brought on each day of the dedication ceremony there is a very short group of verses that really captured my attention.
89 Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—that rests on the Ark of the Covenant. The Lord spoke to him from there. Numbers 7:89 (NLT)
Do you find it fascinating that God chose to speak to Moses from this place? Before this, God had spoken to Moses from different places like the burning bush and the top of Mt Sinai, but now Moses goes into the Tabernacle and he hears God’s voice speaking to him from the place of atonement where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. There is way more significance and symbolism here than I would dare to try to list or explain, but what really intrigues me is that God, Who created and sustains the entire universe, chose to “house His presence” in this place. Certainly, God wasn’t looking for a place to stay. He didn’t need a tent to live in. The point is, He made Himself available, in a tangible way, to the people. It was about a relationship, not a religion.
As you read the Psalm passage today In Psalm 50, God refers to the sacrificial system when He says,
9 But I do not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens. 10 For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it. (NLT)
He goes on to say,
14 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. 15 Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” …………giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. Psalm 50:14-15; 23a (NLT)
Thankfulness can only happen within a relationship. For instance, I’m thankful for my car but I’m not thankful to my car. I’m thankful to my husband and to God for providing the car for me. Thankfulness requires a relationship and relationship is what God has always desired and made provision for with the people He created.
As you continue reading in the next few days, you’ll discover how thankful the people were during these days right after the dedication of the Tabernacle. Come back and tell me what you think.