Tent of Meeting
The episode with the golden calf demonstrated that God would not tolerate rebellion. Exodus 33 reveals the truth that God’s people are a stiff-necked, yet God does not give up on them. Although the people discover that sin fractures relationship with God and with one another, yet they discover the profound depths his mercy and faithfulness.
Now God calls them into the ‘tent meeting’, Moses would speak with God face-to-face and all the people would gather at the door of their tent to worship. Here the people discover that it is God’s presence that gives them rest; this is the one thing that makes them distinct above every other people on the face of the earth; He is the God whose presence is with them always.