“So Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle” (v33-34). Moses and the people did what God commanded, creating and setting up the tabernacle and all its elements. While beautiful and symbolic, it was still just another religious structure until God’s own glory filled it. “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” (v38).
Religious structures, rituals, or identities, by themselves, are empty. Jesus came so that we can know God and live in daily fellowship with His Spirit.