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It was Jim Reeves who sang ‘This world is not my home’, with a stanza that says “Oh Lord, you know, I have no friend like you, If Heaven’s not my home, Then Lord what will I do”. Lovely, emotionally powerful gospel song, but Jim Reeves was wrong, heaven is not our home, the earth is home.
Exodus makes it clear that God came down to earth, built a home (the Tabernacle) and dwelled among us. Exodus Chapters 25 to 31 informs us that it was not a casual wood and nail, built in one day, type of home. We see that it was a masterful, expertly crafted home, with the finest materials, including gold, purple cloth, fine linen, acacia wood, and durable leather – God’s home in the desert was a wonder to behold!
Exodus 40:33-38 (NIV) (shortened) states: “Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle… Moses finished the work. 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 glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle… So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night…”.
We were not created for heaven, we were created for earth; we were created so God could enlarge his family, leave heaven and dwell with us on earth. This is why the Bible states in Revelation 21:1-3 (NIV) (shortened): ‘Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”… I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God… I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them… and be their God.’
If the book of Revelation shows the universal implementation of heaven occupying earth, the book of Exodus shows us its first physical manifestation in human time and space. It is fascinating that from that single exquisite Tabernacle in the wilderness, Yahweh now has a home all across the earth.
Lord, your will be done on earth as in heaven, Amen!