Skip to comments.Tabernacling with God (Protestant/evangelical Caucus and Devotional)
Posted on 05/15/2017 6:26:29 AM PDT by Gamecock
It was the exodus of the Old Testament that earned the ancient Israelites the description of pilgrims and sojourners. They were a semi-nomadic people who lived the life of what Harvey Cox once likened to a floating craps game. They moved from place to place. Even their church was a tent that had to be pitched and taken down repeatedly as they followed the lead of God in the wilderness.
This image figures prominently in the New Testament portrayal of the Incarnation. In Johns Gospel, it is written that the Logos, the divine Word, was with God and was God from the beginning, and became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). The word that is translated here as dwelt literally means tabernacled or pitched His tent among us.
In this sense, it is Christ who is the ultimate Pilgrim. The Incarnation is the supreme sojourn. Christ left His heavenly home to enter into our pilgrimage in our behalf. His was in solidarity with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
I love my homeland. Every time I travel abroad, I am happy to return to America. But the United States is an inn, a resting place in the midst of a higher journey, a road-stop on the way to my true home.
Reflect on this glorious truth: God pitched His tent among us.
Passages for Further Study
John 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
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