When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.
Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:8-9 NLT
The longer I teach the Bible, the more impressed I am by its fundamental unity. What is it about? It is about God coming home. From beginning to end, that’s what it is about.
In Genesis 3:8-9 it is apparent the God had been completely at home with Adam and Eve. When he walked in the Garden in the cool of the evening, he was surprised that the two of them did not come dancing around him as they had previously, as children with their father. But they had become unclean, and they knew it. If they dared to allow the Clean One to embrace them they would be struck dead on the spot. So, they had to leave their home, the garden, and he had to leave his home, their hearts. The Devil was sure he had won. But God was determined to come home, and he has!
This is what you see in the book of Exodus. What was getting them out of Egypt, and giving them his instructions for life all about? The Tabernacle! It was about God being able to come down off the mountain and take up residence right in their midst – without frying them alive!
And what is the story of Israel’s experience about, from Joshua through the Judges and the Kingdom and the Exile and through the Return. There is a theme that keeps cropping up in all sorts of colors: the house of God! Located, destroyed, built, rebuilt, destroyed, and rebuilt. Then there is the mysterious picture in the last chapters of Ezekiel of that perfect temple to come. Through it all, woven in, is “the house of David.” What do the two houses have to do with each other? Well, in a word – everything! God is going to come home. Come back next week!