Intimidating Glory

God told Moses work with the people to build him a tabernacle.

A tent

filled with His glory.

“And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8

That He might dwell–shakan–abide, settle, reside, tabernacle


among them.

“Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire.” Numbers 9:15

God showed up

The tabernacle was a simple tent.

Oh it contained treasure, but to the onlooker it was nothing spectacular.

And yet it contained glorious treasure.

Like the Lord Jesus.

It looked simple, it contained divinity.

And it was covered by a cloud of fire.

Our God, A Consuming Fire

Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power,  driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day. 39 Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

Deuteronomy 4:35-40

A beautiful gift it is to see the glory of God displayed as a purifying, consuming, awe-inspiring, heat source.

Glory that RADIATES


Glory that covered the Tabernacle so much so that no one could enter.



“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 into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”

Exodus 40:34-35

glory–kabowd–honor, abundance, splendor, riches, dignity, reputation, reverence, 


Fall on your face


Can we?

Can we even imagine?

And to dwell with such glory . . .

I am undone

Behold I am a man of unclean lips, and I DWELL among a people of unclean lips.

We are undone.

And, yet. He offered to dwell, to put his chabod, in our midst.

If we want it.

In the very center of our lives. . .

can we see it?

Is there a light that burns in the night as a guide for your life, a beacon shining so bright?

Have you put off your soiled linens to be clothed fresh in priestly robes. He has them prepared and waiting for you.

Robes of righteousness.

Linen and light, cool and soft.




But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him

who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

1 Peter 2:9

Aaron was just a man.

easily intimidated.

He made a golden calf to please the multitude.

He was fallible.

And yet he had to put on these garments of holiness.

And go into the Holy of Holies

Into the presence of a true and powerful God that sees every deed and knows every thought.

Reading our minds, always.

He had to walk into the CHABOD.

And of course the closer we get to God’s glory, the more we sense our own unworthiness.

Each step increases our fear of God.

Each step makes us wonder if we are doing it right.

Especially the first time.

So Aaron was purified.

With the blood and oil.

On him, and his sons

on their garments.

To stay at the door of the Tabernacle 7 days,

. . . “so He shall consecrate you.”

. . . “so that ye shall not die.”

I can’t imagine what was going through Aaron’s head.

And yet, the day comes . . .


Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and peace offerings.  And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people, and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

Leviticus 9:22-24

Okay, so imagine you are one of the many, many children of God standing there watching this new ministry begin.

A ministry of atonement.

A ministry that points us to God’s desire to mediate.

You are standing there, the first priestly ministry. You don’t know what to expect.

And then the GLORY appears

And FIRE comes down from HEAVEN and consumed the offering.








What an amazing moment.

I wish I could go back and see it.

I wish that there was a youtube video from one of their cell phones.

There isn’t.


Picture you are AARON.

What do you think?

What do you feel?

What do you say?

What do you do?







Do you ever forget a moment like that?

Oh to be set apart for God

To be used to bring down His GLORY

So the people can fall on their faces.

To be set apart for God.

No one is worthy . . .

But He still calls us to come away

to the Tabernacle for 7 days

to the blood and the oil

cleansing and anointing

The enemy stands there accusing us.

We are not worthy.

Yes, we know.

Vision of the High Priest

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.  And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.”

And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.

And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.”

So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.

Zecchariah 3:1-5

Pluck us from the fire LORD!!!

Oh, take away my filthy garments and clothe me with rich robes.

And a clean turban on my head

that says, “HOLY UNTO THE LORD”

It is your Work and you stand by while I am



Our true High Priest–Jesus the Christ–has forever perfected us with His blood.

 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,  how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Hebrews 9:11-14

How much MORE shall the BLOOD of CHRIST . . .

cleanse your conscience from dead works


to serve the living GOD

to serve GOD

for a more perfect tabernacle.

Let the FIRE



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7 Responses to Intimidating Glory

  1. Thank you for this post. It is very good. Also, please forgive me for not indicating my voice inflection when I replied to the “Movie” post. People use lol and te he, to indicate humor.
    I often forget to do that. So, if my words did not indicate humor, please forgive me ..Blessings,

  2. Reblogged this on The Last Hiker and commented:

    I was just reading through this part of the Old Testament in the One Year Bible and it reminded me of what the Lord showed me last year. So I figured I would reblog it. God Bless.

    • Barbara Elliott says:

      What does “dead works” mean?

      • Dead works are the things we do in the strength of our flesh, apart from the spirit of God.

        I explain it more fully in my blog “Cursed Like a Fig Tree

        But simply, God wants us to serve Him in all kinds of ministries– in holiness, and in the Spirit.

        God bless

        • Barbara Elliott says:

          Thank you so much for your reply…I really liked your answer! Would you say this is the definition of the “old covenant” of the old testament vs. the “new covenant” that Jesus came to fulfill? Heb. 8:10 “For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
          8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
          8:13 In that he saith, A new [covenant], he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old [is] ready to vanish away.

          Thank you and God bless!


          • Hi Barbara, I think Hebrews 8:10-13 is a great verse. It actually refers to Jeremiah 31:31-35 where God promised that He would make a New Covenant with His people:

            31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

            I think the coolest thing about Hebrews is that it shows Jesus, as the High Priest who offered His own blood and has ceased from work. Whereas the old testament priests were daily offering sacrifices and it was unending. Hebrews shows us that that system has been fulfilled and completed by His work. Once for all time. “And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” Hebrews 9:15

            God bless you.

  3. Barbara Elliott says:

    Awesome!! Praise God!!

    Thank you and and have a blessed day!


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