All For Love
It can seem somewhat confusing at times, reading through glimpses of Father God seen in the Old Testament. The raw displays of His power and emotions can move us to wonder at His character. But while studying a certain set of scriptures recently, one aspect of God in the Old Testament was highlighted to me.
Worship in the Tabernacle of Moses can seem a bit arduous for the people of Israel in the wilderness in comparison to our modern-day church experience. But consideration of God’s true desire enlisting Moses to build the tabernacle in the first place can bring synergy to these two realities.
“And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.” Ex.25:8
God the Father longs to dwell with His people, then and now.
His desire to dwell among His people required sin be atoned for in some way. He knew His people would sin even with Him among them, but instead of staying away He enacted a system to make relationship possible. Seem familiar?
In many ways, the Tabernacle foreshadowed the redemptive gift God would reveal through Christ making restored relationship with Him possible for all mankind. In John 1:14 we find this interesting description of the role of Jesus coming to earth,
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among them…”
The word translated “dwelt” here is the same word used in the Old Testament for “tabernacle”. Essentially the scripture can be read, “the Word (Jesus) became flesh and ‘tabernacled’ among them.” And what prompted this second, and as Hebrews describes even more glorious, move of God towards mankind?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (ESV)
Love motivated Him. Though some things may be hard to understand at times about God’s character or incidences recorded in the pages of the Old Testament, one thing should be clear.
It was all for Love.
Love motivated God’s desire to be among His people and create a system that would make relationship possible with them in Moses’ day. And love has continued to be His motivation throughout human history to seek out and make possible right relationship with Him through His Son Jesus.
To love you and me, and to have our love, is His motivation.
“Love the Lord your God with all Your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matt.22:37
From love, flow all the blessings of relationship with Father God and all the joy and power that relationship with Him provides. I pray you are overflowed with His love today.