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Can God Live Among Us?

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Today’s Torah Commentary from Exodus 25:1 – 16
The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”
This weeks reading is “Terumah,” “Offering.”

Today we begin reading GOD’s instructions to Moses/Moshe concerning an offering the Israelites are to make to HIM.

HE is instructing certain items be offered to HIM for the construction of the Ark and The Tabernacle.

HE refers to the Tabernacle as a Sanctuary for HIM, so HE may dwell among the people.

The Tabernacle must be made to HIS plans and specifications which HE is showing Moshe.

The Ark must be made of acacia wood, 2 1/2 cubits long, 1 1/2 cubits high and wide, covered in pure gold, inside and out with a gold rim all around it’s top.

The Ark must also have four gold rings on it’s four corners, two on each side, with two carrying poles of acacia wood, also covered in a layer of gold.

These poles must remain in the rings so it may be carried, they are not to be removed.

This is the ark of the testimony that HE will give to Moshe.

We read here the instructions of GOD to build HIM a place in which to dwell among HIS people.

This has been GOD’s desire from the beginning, with Adam in the garden, with Avraham, with Moshe and now with HIS people.

HE wants a place to reside among them, to live side by side with HIS people.

How amazing to realize the GOD of the Universe, Master and Creator of ALL Things has always desired to literally “dwell among us?”

Have we made a place for HIM in our lives?

Not the typical place where, Ok, yes, we obey, we do what we can and we live by grace, doing our prayers and asking, and praising, etc.

These things are all awesome, and necessary, but have we made a literal place for GOD to dwell with us?

Do we live with HIM before us at all times, or do we regulate that to only when we’re in temple, synagogue, church, etc., or only in our “prayer closet?”

Does HE dwell among you, or is HE only welcome when you make yourself available?

Can we live as though HE were right in front of us at all times, as HE was with the People of Israel in the desert?

Do we need a tabernacle, or any other building, for us to become aware of HIM before us, or can we live in HIS true and very real presence?

What can you do today to make a place for HIM in your life?

Where is HE to dwell among you?

What are your thoughts on these scriptures?

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