“And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped” (v17). The Israelites were a totally new and unique community. Without a king or a country, they followed God’s Spirit, which appeared as a visible cloud during the day (fire at night), and they camped when the cloud settled over the tabernacle. Even before the Law was given, they were a community where God’s own Spirit dwelled.
Through Christ, that same Spirit dwells in us (Romans 8:15). We are called to be a community centered on Christ and obedient to the leading of God’s Spirit.