Ross Blackburn, a grad student at St Andrews University, presented a good paper on the tabernacle in the context of Exodus. He sees the theological unity of Exodus contained in YHWH’s insistence on pursuing and defending His own honor not only to Israel but before the nations. The plagues are to show Pharaoh that he is Lord; Israel’s wilderness experience trains Israel to know that YHWH is Lord; the tabernacle is a continuing sign that YHWH is king over Israel and the nations. This has some very neat typological implications ?Eincarnation as the “tabernacling” of God to demonstrate His Lordship over Israel and the nations.
In this second paper, the prayer of Moses after the golden calf incident was a prayer that God not merely GUIDE Israel, but that He guide them by dwelling among them.