We read in Exodus that Moses was given the task of putting up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. God desired to dwell with His people.
“Then the cloud covered the tent of the meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.” (Exodus 40:34-38 ESV)
The cloud provided direction for the Israelites. They knew exactly when to go or when to stay. But Moses could not enter the tent as God’s presence was too powerful. We see this same power in God’s Son described in Hebrews.
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” (Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV)
My grandmother passed away last week. I notice whenever anyone dies that some people take the stance that is assumed on TV, that people become angels in Heaven. Both people and angels are far inferior to God. We don’t understand the saving grace of the gospel if we think otherwise. I believe that my grandmother is in Heaven with the Lord not because was a “good” person but because she trusted in the One who could save her. This first chapter of Hebrews ends by describing the clear difference between angels and Christ.
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end. And to which of the angels has he ever said, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:10-14 ESV)
We stand in awe of Your greatness. You have been since before the beginning of time and will be for eternity. Let us fix our eyes on Your goodness as we fight the human temptation to think of ourselves as equal with You or angels. May we instead humble ourselves before You.