"AND I SHALL RESIDE IN THEIR MIDST" (Shemos 25:8).
A most outstanding function of the Mishkan was the demonstration that Hashem had chosen Israel from all the nations. They became the center of the Universe, for Hashem here declared that He dwelt in their midst. Of all those that must learn this principle, Israel is most obligated. In order that this great generation be ever mindful that they were the chief interest of Hashem, the dwelling-place of Hashem was set up in their midst. — A Nation is Born