Long before the first tabernacle was even built how did people worship God? And how did God communicate with man? God is a jealous God (Deuteronomy 4:23,24) and He does not hesitate to tell us in the commandments we are not to set up graven images of any kind, yet across the land we see many images and statues.
Moses did not settle for that God was up on a mountain and far away, but when the angel of the Lord appeared in a flame of fire to him in a bush that was not consumed He suddenly found himself standing on Holy ground in the very presence of God! There was no building surrounding Moses when God interacted with Him. (Exodus 3:2-6). And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
We are told today to not harden our hearts as the Israelites did when God guided them through the wilderness even after seeing miracles. God interacts with man as He always has and as some may call it their conscience His still small voice speaks to us today and He still tabernacles with us as His sanctuary is in heaven. (Psalm 102:19) For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth;…….. (Psalm 27:4,5) One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock……… (Hebrews 3:4-10).
We are made in His image and His word tells us we are His Temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16,17). Why do so many look to wood and stone when He tabernacles with us on a personal level. It is written we are the house of God and when we pass away we will by His Spirit be with Him. (2 Corinthians 5:1)……. (1 Peter 4:17).
God does not hide His way from us and Psalm 15 tells who it is that abides in His Tabernacle…..