Exodus 25 comes after exodus 24 you know?

I have just read Exodus chapter 24, it's incredible. It tells us of the time when Moses met God on Mount Sinai. What makes it stand out is that it gives us a glimmer of what the prophet saw on that mount when God showed something of Himself to Moses. 
 
Now we can't take from this that Moses saw God as He really is, we are told that no one has ever seen God, He dwells in unapproachable light (1 Tim 6:16). Moses saw something of God as He chose to be revealed, all the same, Moses saw something of God in His glory. What did he see?
 
Verse 10 tells us that Moses goes up with 70 of the elders along with others and it says that they "saw the God of Israel". 
 
Under His feet was a pavement of sapphire stone, as clear as the heavens.
 
Later Moses goes up again by himself and God's glory is said to be like 'a devouring fire', and the mountain is shrouded in smoke.
 
The details are scant but significant, they tell us that God is holy. He is unapproachably holy. His purity and righteousness are tangible, He is altogether different from the people.
 
And yet chapter 24 is followed by chapter 25. You would expect after this encounter for God to say that the people cannot come near anymore, He is too holy for them. 
 
But just the opposite occurs. God gives Moses instructions to make a tabernacle so that God can dwell with His people. The One who is unapproachably holy condescends and approaches His people. This great God of burning holiness confines Himself to a tent so that He can dwell with humankind. He wanted to be with them, to be their God, their guide, their joy.  
 
Of course this wouldn't be the last time that God would come and 'tabernacle' with His people. God would come Himself and dwell, not in anything made by a human, but to be made a human. The God of glory veiled Himself in our flesh and lived among us. He did this to make it so that we can dwell with Him. 
 
These are two incredible facts; that God is unappoachably holy and yet He approaches us. He made His dwelling with us so that we can dwell with Him.  
  

Aaron* Williamson, 05/11/2013