One of the major themes throughout Scripture is that God is the God who dwells amongst us. He dwells over, through and within us. He is a relational God and we are made in his image for relationship – both with him and with each other. One of the earliest if not the first mention of idolatry in the OT is found in the story of the tower of Babel. Up until this time, Scripture spoke about God and how he came and walked with them. But here we read how society had lost the sense of being in relationship with the God who dwells amongst them. They were building a tower to reach up to God by their own efforts. Idolatry always takes us away from a relational God. And so God scattered them.
Fast forward to the day of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Here we see the completed fulfilment of the promise from God that he would indeed come and dwell permanently amongst us. This promise was for all who believe, including generations and nations who were far off. The promise that God would dwell amongst us is a continual promise and its one for us today to take hold of and accept. While many denominations celebrate Pentecost Sunday this weekend; let us not forget, that for us who believe, every day is Pentecost. For every day, we walk in relationship with the God who comes and dwells amongst us.