Today’s Bible reading is Leviticus 1 and Mark 2.
The third book of the Bible begins on an awesome note.
The LORD called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting… (Leviticus 1:1)
The tabernacle that Moses and the people had constructed according to the God-given pattern in Exodus was consistently referred to as “the tent of meeting.” The LORD had promised:
“There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.” (Exo 25:22)
And so, at the opening of Leviticus, the LORD fulfilled his promise, calling Moses and speaking to him from “the tent of meeting.”
Take a moment to marvel at the fact that the same God continues to call and speak–not from within an ornate tent, but through his “living and active” word (Heb 4:12). Meditate on the fact that you and I can see more clearly, discern more fully, and connect more dots concerning the LORD’s accomplishments than Moses could have possibly imagined (1 Pet 1:10-12).
When you open your Bible today, think of it as a “book of meeting”–you are opening your heart and mind to the voice of God.
When you pray today, think of it as a “blessing of meeting”–in the name of Jesus, the eternal high priest, you’ve been invited to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence.
When you observe the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, think of it as the “body and blood of meeting”–you are communing with the Lord and his people, proclaiming his death until he comes.
The LORD called Moses and spoke to him from “the tent of meeting” in Leviticus 1. “There I will meet with you.” We have no earthly tabernacle, but God’s incredible promise continues to live on in the hearts of those with eyes to see and ears to hear.