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There is something very precious in the thought that believers are one with each other, because they are one in Christ. May all who read this know what it is to be drawn to Jesus by the power of the Holy Ghost, and what it is to feel that they are one with all His; and have grace to make it manifest by their daily walk, that they realize their oneness with the exalted Christ, and all who have been quickened and raised with Him into the heavenlies !
This chapter must not be closed without a few remarks being added, on the importance of cultivating a spirit of holiness, and manifesting the same in our every-day life and conversation. There are those, it must be admitted, who do not keep the feast of unleavened bread. The blood may be on the door-posts and lintel, but leaven within their borders does, and will, prevent them enjoying the security which the blood provides. If evil is allowed, if the flesh is submitted to, fellowship with God must be interrupted, though it may not break the link which binds the soul eternally to God. Those who belong to the Holy One must be holy. They have not been delivered from the curse and guilt of sin merely, but also from the practice, power,
and love of it. If saved by grace, we are saved to holiness. The soul that can take occasion from the freedom of Divine grace, and the completeness of the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, to "continue in sin," proves very distinctly that he understands neither the one nor the other.
See further on this subject, “ Notes on Exodus,” by C. H. M. CHAPTER III.
“For us the sanctuary is our dwelling-place;
are stirred to praise,
To give a definite external form to the covenant concluded with the Israelites in the desert of Sinai, shortly after their deliverance from Egypt, and for the purpose of constructing a visible bond of fellowship in which He might manifest Himself to the people, and they draw near to Him as their God, Jehovah commanded Moses to erect a sanctuary in which He might“dwell among them” (Exod. xxv. 8). The construction and arrangement of the entire building were determined by Jehovah, who showed to Moses when “in the mount” (Heb. viii. 5) a pattern of the dwelling and its furniture; and prescribed with great minuteness, both the form and material thereof. “When the sanctuary, that had been built for the Lord for a dwelling in Israel, had been set up with all its apparatus, 'the cloud covered the tabernacle, and the glory of Jehovah filled the dwelling,' so that Moses was unable to enter. The cloud, in which Jehovah had hitherto been present with His people, and guided and protected them upon their journeying (chap. xiii. 21, 22), now came down upon the Tabernacle and filled the dwelling with the gracious presence of the Lord. So long as this cloud rested upon the tabernacle the children of Israel remained encamped; but when it ascended, they broke up the encampment to proceed onwards. This sign was Jehovah's command for encamping or going forward throughout all their journeys' (ver. 36–38). This statement is repeated still more elaborately in Numbers ix. 15–23. The mode in which the glory of Jehovah filled the dwelling, or in which Jehovah manifested His presence within it, is not described ; but the glory of Jehovah filling the dwelling is clearly distinguished from the cloud coming down upon the Tabernacle. It is obvious, however, from Leviticus xvi. 2, and 1 Kings viii. 10, 11, that in the dwelling the glory of God was also manifested in a cloud. At the dedication of the temple (1 Kings viii. 10, 11), the expression, the cloud filled the house of Jehovah,' is used interchangeably with 'the glory of Jehovah filled the house of Jehovah.' To consecrate the sanctuary, which had been finished and erected as His dwelling, and to give to the people a visible proof that He had chosen it for His dwelling, Jehovah filled the dwelling in both its parts with the cloud which shadowed forth His presence, so that Moses was unable to enter it. This cloud afterwards drew back into the most holy place, to dwell there,
above the outspread wings of the cherubim of the ark of the covenant; so that Moses and (at a later period) the priests were able to enter the holy place and perform the required service there, without seeing the sign of the gracious presence of God, which was hidden by the curtain of the most holy place.”*
The Tabernacle was erected by two specially gifted men, Bezaleel, the son of Uri, of the tribe of Judah, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, after the pattern shown to Moses (Exod. xxv. 40).
“ And the LORD spake
« And Moses said unto unto Moses, saying, See, I the children of Israel, See, have called by name Beza- the LORD hath called by leel the son of Uri, the son name Bezaleel the son of of Hur, of the tribe of Ju- Uri, the son of Hur, of the dah : and I have filled him tribe of Judah; and he hath with the spirit of God, in filled him with the spirit of wisdom, and in under- God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in know- standing, and in knowledge, and in all manner ledge, and in all manner of of workmanship, to devise workmanship; and to devise cunning works, to work in curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of brass, and in the cutting stones, to set them, and in of stones, to set them, and carving of timber, to work in carving of wood, to in all manner of workman- make any manner of cunship. And I, behold, I ning work. And he hath have given with him Aho- put in his heart, that he liab, the son of Ahisamach, may teach, both he, and of the tribe of Dan: and Aholiab, the son of Ahisain the hearts of all that are mach of the tribe of Dan. wise hearted I have put Them hath he filled with wisdom, that they may wisdom of heart, to work make all that I have com- all manner of work, of the manded thee; the taber- engraver and of the cun. nacle of the congregation, ning workman, and of the and the ark of the testi- embroiderer, in blue, and mony, and the mercy-seat in purple, in scarlet, and that is thereupon, and all in fine linen, and of the the furniture of the taber
* Keil and Delitzsch, vol. ii., pp. 258, 259.
weaver, even of them that nacle, and the table and his do any work, and of those furniture,and the pure can- that devise cunning work" dlestick with all his furni- (Exod. xxxv. 30–35). ture,and the altar ofincense, and the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot, and the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons,tominister inthe priest's office, and the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do”(Exod. xxxi.l-11).