A Short Study of Exodus 40:35

“And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”
(Exodus 40:35)

The glory of the Tabernacle was the manifest presence of God. This cloud of glory is the same pillar of cloud that appeared to Israel and led them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. But now it appeared in a different form, not so much as a pillar as a great covering, an umbrella over the camp of Israel, with its shaft dropping down on the Tabernacle and filling it. This cloud filled the Tabernacle with a glory, a brightness, a glorious stream of light. Clearly, the glory of the LORD that filled the Tabernacle was representative of Christ, the Light of Life, the Brightness of the Father’s Glory and the express Image of His person, the Shechinah, the Divine Majesty embodied in humanity (Colossians 2:9). As the completed Tabernacle typified the whole of God’s salvation in Christ, the glory of the LORD that filled the Tabernacle, the Shechinah into which Moses could not enter, was symbolic of the revelation of the glory of God shining forth in the face of Jesus Christ, our Saviour (2nd Corinthians 4:6). — When Christ appears in the dazzling glory of His accomplished redemption, Moses cannot enter the house with Him, the law must step aside.

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