Week 11: March 12 – March 18

The Exodus Tabernacle creates a foundational image that weaves its way throughout the rest of Scripture. Here is the meeting place between heaven and earth. Here is where Creator once again “walks in the garden” with the people, leading them on their journey toward their promised inheritance. Here is where the glory of God comes to the mercy seat above the ark of the testimony and the voice of God speaks the divine will.

Consider how the Tabernacle is an icon for the whole world. Here is the model, the image of the Holy One’s desire to be in relationship with this beautiful and ordered creation compressed into this single image of Tabernacle. Consider how the glory of God filling the Tabernacle points to the final reconciliation when “God’s reign comes on earth as it is in heaven.” When Creator’s glory will once again fill all creation.

As you read this week, notice how both Matthew and Paul weave these Old Testament images of dwelling and glory into their New Testament writings. This week’s texts give us excellent examples of how meaning and interpretation evolved over the centuries, but then especially in light of the Christ Event.

Exodus 35-40

Psalm 27

Psalm 84

Matthew 14-20

2 Corinthians 1-5

As You Read resource for Week 11


Charlotte’s Living in The Story blog: When Hearts are Stirred


Author: Charlotte Vaughan Coyle

Charlotte lives and blogs in Paris TX. She is ordained within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and developed Living in The Story while doing doctoral work at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth. Charlotte also blogs about intersections of faith, politics, and culture at CharlotteVaughanCoyle.com.