God gave Moses an enormous job: to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. Following very explicit directions for structuring the tabernacle, Moses fulfilled all God’s commands.
When Moses finished it, “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle…And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” (Ex. 40:34 KJV, Ex. 40:35 NKJV)
No room for Moses…because the cloud mass of God’s holy presence descended upon the tabernacle and filled it with His glory. The Shekinah glory, a symbol of God’s visible presence. It not only covered the tabernacle but it also filled it.
This is where God met with His people. And where the priests met and served Him. The priests could not enter into the holy place unless they presented a sacrifice of blood on the brazen altar. Without the sacrifice, their access behind the veil was denied, along with the bread of the presence, the light of the lamps, and the privileges of the altar of incense.
The same miraculous, Shekinah Light that filled the tabernacle now fills heaven as John the Revelator saw it, “I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Omnipotent [Himself] and the Lamb [Himself] are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor and radiance (glory) of God illuminate it, and the Lamb is its lamp.” (Rev. 21:22-23 Amp)
Peter, James, and John experienced that same Light as it surrounded Jesus on the mount of transfiguration. The same glory-light also blinded Saul/Paul on the Damascus Road. The same glory appeared on Moses’ face after being in God’s presence. Ezekiel had a vision of that same glory of the heavenly temple, as he said, “the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord; and I fell on my face.” (Ezek. 44:4 NKJV)
As there was no room for Moses, there was also no room for the priests, “And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not continue.” (1 Kings 8:10-11a NKJV)
When the priests removed themselves out of the way, the presence of the Lord occupied the tabernacle with His fullness.
As the disciple John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 NKJV)
When we remove ourselves out of that internal tabernacle, allowing God to sit upon the throne of our life, He fills us with His fullness. He comes into the earthly tabernacle of our being and the Shekinah begins to glow in the most holy place of our soul, pouring its waves of glory throughout our whole being.
It is the Light of heaven, the Lamb upon the mercy seat of our soul.
In His presence, we, too, will fall on our face.
No room for Moses; no room for the priests.
No room for me? No room for you?
May you make room for the glory of the Lord to fill your tabernacle!
“Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”
1 Chron. 16:29 NKJV