_ Exodus 39:32, “Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished. And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD had commanded Moses; so they did.”
The Tabernacle was finished because the Israelites “did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses.” After they repented of making the golden calf, they gave willingly from their heart to build according to God’s command. Moses received the exact building design and it was carried out by those God filled with wisdom and knowledge by His Spirit. (Ex. 35:30-35)
Previous to this when they made the gold calf and the altar before it, they had a feast to “Yahweh” and “brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play (in music and dance)” (Ex. 32:6). They felt like they were “having church;” they felt they were worshiping God in a way that would please Him, but their worship was rooted in pride. They worshiped in a way that seemed right to them instead of making it their highest priority to hear God’s word first. Solomon beautifully expresses this principle in Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, “Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. 2) Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.”
Exodus 40:33-34 says “…So Moses finished the work. 34) Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” This was God’s desire, to dwell with His people. This wasn’t just an event or experience, but the people had drawn near to God and God drew near to them.
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2012 Bible Plan