Then the cloud covered the tent of 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
The book of Exodus ends with the completion of the Tabernacle. It was fully erected and furnished with it’s altars and basin and it’s sanctuary for the ark of the covenant. And God’s glory filled the Tabernacle, showing His approval. He now dwells among His people, but this is just the beginning. It may be the birth of a nation, but God told Abraham he would be the father of many nations. It was God’s desire to make His people a kingdom that covered the earth. But He doesn’t just snap his fingers and make it happen. He works through the agency of mankind, gradually, through the generations.
Today, we are thousands of years removed but are part of the kingdom through faith in Christ.
Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:7-9
And now the glory of God has come to live inside us, and not just among us. This is not because of our in works, but it is the gift of God.