“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 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. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: but if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” Exodus 40:34-38 (KJV)
The book of Exodus begins with the word “Now” (Exodus 1:1), and is a recap of what has taken place at the end of Genesis – the family of Jacob goes into Egypt, and the family increases greatly while there.
The Bible is not a book so much that tells us about ourselves, or how to live; it does that, but that is not its purpose. The book we call the Bible is about GOD our Creator, Sustainer, Provider, our Strength, our Sword (or Defense), and He is definitely our Song. That is nowhere more evident than in God’s deliverance of His people from bondage and slavery.
There is a phrase used throughout the Old Testament “They shall know that I am the LORD” and sometimes it uses the words “You shall know…” and “…the LORD of hosts”. The prophecy of Ezekiel uses it at least 63 times. The phrase “…Shall know that I am the LORD” is used at least five times in Exodus (6:7; 7:5; 14:18: 16:12; and 29:46).
The One who made us all desires that we know Him and that we know He is the LORD of hosts. He desires that we have a personal relationship with Him. He desires that we love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:29-30), and in loving Him we will love others (Mark 12:31). For no one is being honest who says, “I love God”, and then they hate their neighbor (1 John 2:9; 4:8, and 4:20).
What does the title “Glory” have to do with Exodus and all this other stuff? God’s glory. His glory is radiated through His temple. The flesh of man cannot reside in the presence of God. Moses even had to leave, because he could not bear it.
The glory of God rests in His tabernacle. Ultimately the Tabernacle is in Christ Jesus. The glory of God was and is in Jesus Christ His Son, and that glory resides in those who trust and believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God. The Lord is driving out the flesh in us so the glory of God is seen.
If you are still in darkness then come to the Light. His name is Jesus the Son of God, God the Son. The Personification of the Glory of God.