Exodus tells us that for the forty years during which the Israelites lived in tents, God, travelling with them, had his own tent. Today’s reading tells us that when God’s tent was erected it glowed with his glory.
The books from Exodus to Deuteronomy tell the story of the Israelite’s forty years journey from slavery to freedom in the Promised Land. Those four books from Exodus through Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy are of interest to us only because they are a metaphor for our passage through this life on to heaven.
It is beautiful the way that John’s Gospel tells the same story. When the Word became flesh he immediately made his dwelling among us (John actually wrote that he pitched his tent with ours.) John mirrors the events of Exodus, saying, We saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son.
John goes on to say our benefits from Jesus go beyond what the Father gave through Moses: While the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.