Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)
31 And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat:
32 When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the Lord commanded Moses.
33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.
34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
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.
36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:
37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.
38 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.
After the tabernacle was reared up, Aaron and his sons washed their hands and feet and went into the tent. When they were near the altar, they washed according to the commandments of the Lord.
Afterward Moses himself could not enter for a cloud covered the tent of the congregation. From then on, with the tabernacle complete, whenever the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle, there was a cloud by day and a fire by night. When the Lord was present in sight of all of the house of Israel, the Israelites stayed put, but when the cloud was taken off they continued in their journeys.
If you are reading this, you probably believe in the presence of the Lord, but this PHYSICALLY visible presence of the Lord was something the Israelites experienced that we cannot. What a glorious thing that must have been.
Note to my readers: This entry marks an important moment in my life. When I wrote this last entry for Exodus, it was necessary to download Leviticus from the internet in order to be able to read it and have it in front of me to write a little bit about my thoughts for this daily column. I downloaded all of Leviticus, chapter by chapter; and that took a while. It was very late when I finished so I decided I would resume writing the following day.
Ever since I began this column, I had worked several weeks in advance in order to cover any emergency period when I couldn’t write. This item was scheduled to be posted on November 19. The day after I wrote it, on the morning of October 26, 2012 I suffered a burst cerebral aneurysm.
I enlisted someone to post the material I had already written but it did not get completely done. Now I am finally able to write again. I don’t know if I’ll manage a column a day, but this column will continue and God willing I will grow stronger and get back on schedule.
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