I was High Up on the Mountain Top building my Tent of Smoke on the first day of the first month of the Year when I had many great visions.
It was a New Year Smoke Vision Quest.
And I was reminded of the ancient Tent of Smoke on Mount Sinai....
The Original Tent of Smoke “ Shekhinah”
Shekhinah : the term only originated after the destruction of the temple in 70 CE, but notes 2 Maccabees 14:35 "a temple for your habitation", where the Greek text (Koinē Greek: ναὸν τῆς σῆς σκηνώσεως) suggests a possible parallel understanding, and where σκήνωσις skēnōsis "a tent-building", a variation on an early loanword from Phoenician (Ancient Greek: ἡ σκηνή skēnē "tent"), is deliberately used to represent the original Hebrew or Aramaic term.
Instructions for Setting Up the Tent
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Set up the tent (the tent of meeting) on the first day of the first month of the year. Place the ark containing the words of my promise inside it, and hang the canopy over the ark. Bring in the table, and arrange everything on it. Bring in the lamp stand, and set up the lamps. Put the gold altar for incense in front of the ark. Put up the screen at the entrance to the tent....
Moses Sets Up the Tent
16 Moses did everything as the Lord commanded him. 17 So the tent was set up on the first day of the first month of the second year after the Israelites had left Egypt. 18 When Moses set up the tent, he put the sockets in place, put up the frames, inserted the crossbars, and set up the posts. 19 He spread the outer tent over the inner tent and put the cover on top. Moses followed the Lord’s instructions......
The Lord Comes to the Tent
34 Then the Column of Smoke covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tent. Moses couldn’t go into the tent of meeting, because the Smoke settled on it and the glory of the Lord filled the tent.
36 In all their travels, whenever the column of Smoke moved from the tent, the Israelites would break camp. 37 But if the column didn’t move, they wouldn’t break camp. 38 So the Lord’s column stayed over the tent during the day, and there was fire in the smoke at night. In this way all the Israelites could see the column throughout their travels.
Mount Sinai was covered with Smoke because the Lord descended on it in fire. The Smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently”
Then God called Moses to the top of the mountain where he stayed 40 days and nights and was given the ten commandments.