Building a Tent of Meeting
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This is a post that I’ve been writing in my head for quite awhile now and it’s so exciting that I finally get to write it out. Towards the bottom of the post I’ll have some suggested items for your Tent of Meeting (no worries, I’m defining what that is in a bit), so be sure to stick around until the bottom of the post to for my recommendations.
Tent of Meeting is a term that comes from the book of Exodus, that cool dude Moses is the one who creates a Tent of Meeting.
Moses used to take the Tent and set it up outside the camp, some distance away. He called it the Tent of Meeting. Anyone who sought God would go to the Tent of Meeting outside the camp.
And God spoke with Moses face-to-face, as neighbors speak to one another. When he would return to the camp, his attendant, the young man Joshua, stayed—he didn’t leave the Tent.
(Exodus 33:7, 11 MSG)
Moses was deliberate in building a space where he could spend time with God, away from others, away from distractions, away from the broken world. The Tent of Meeting was where the faithful met with God. (Tweet that!) The idea of a Tent of Meeting is not something exclusively for the Old Testament times. No, I think we need to bring it into our world as well.
“But Abby, I don’t have some random, empty field away from my house where I can construct some kind of Old Testament-style tent!” Uh, me neither.
My pastor’s wife (and my friend) was the first to bring the idea of a Tent of Meeting to my attention when she challenge those of us at a women’s Bible study to build our own Tent of Meeting.
Our version of a Tent of Meeting is simply a special place you can go to when spending time with God or a place where you can keep all of your Bible study supplies (or both). No need to build an elaborate tent of some kind, a modern Tent of Meeting is simply any place where you spend time with God and it includes your Bible study supplies.
Do you have a special chair in your living room where you do your Bible studies? Do you prefer to sit in bed to read your Bible (that’s my choice)? Wherever you usually do your Bible study, put together a little basket or a side table drawer full of your Bible study supplies!
Having everything in one spot will make it more likely that you will actually do your Bible study because A) everything is already gathered and in one place and B) it’s made up of supplies you love, in a comfortable setting.
Supplies you should definitely have in your tent of meeting:
Supplies you may want to add in addition to the basics:
> a journaling Bible (affiliate link: NLT Reflections Bible)
can be the same as the one in the section above or a separate one for journaling and doodling
> a Bible study and/or Christian living book
> Bible highlighters (affiliate link: Accu-Gel Bible-Hi-Gliders highlighters)
> worship music (I use the Spotify app on my phone)
> a candle or diffuser to create a calming and welcoming atmosphere
> Bible study worksheets (like the Bible study bundle in my Etsy shop)
> a cozy blanket
I challenge you to put together a Tent of Meeting. Grab a basket or little box and fill it with the supplies listed above, hit up Amazon or Target if there are items you still need and get ready for some epic God-time.
What is in your Tent of Meeting? Any books or particular Bible you recommend? Let me know below!