Isaiah 6:1-13 The Hebrew word “glory” literally means weight Permanent vs. ephemeral Substantial vs. unimportant Real vs. unreal God’s glory means His weight as compared to anything else in the universe God alone is permanent God alone is substantial God alone is real When compared to all other things
<ul><li>Illustration: </li></ul><ul><li>If you drop an object into the water, it the object is heavier than the water then it will cause a water quake! </li></ul><ul><li>If you are on a frozen lake and you drop an object onto the ice that is heavier than the ice, then the result will be an ice quake </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore when the glory of God comes down into the life of a person what you will have is a God-quake! </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>The glory of God on Mt. Sinai in Exodus 19:16 </li></ul><ul><li>The glory of God at Pentecost in Acts 2:2 </li></ul>
There is a difference between: God as a concept - a believing in God based on the facts God as a reality - an experiencing of God based on new heart (2 Corinthians 5:17) When God is a concept then He becomes lighter than your reality and therefore you shape Him to fit into your life and there is no God-quake! But when the glory of God comes into your life (heavier than your reality) it then hits and rearranges and redirects everything you think and do
If you come to the Bible and there is no change then you only have a concept of God. Because you have adjusted Him to fit into your life. But when you come to the Bible and the weight of His glory drops into your life then everything gets changed and redirected. When God is the concept then your reality becomes heavier than His and you adjust Him to you. But when His glory drops then He rearranges you to Him!
<ul><li>There are plenty of people who are religious in that they: </li></ul><ul><li>Go to church each Sunday </li></ul><ul><li>Join a small group </li></ul><ul><li>Read the Bible </li></ul><ul><li>Give $ faithfully </li></ul><ul><li>Serve in some capacity in the church </li></ul><ul><li>Because they want to reach their own goals, such as to have more influence, power and prestige. </li></ul><ul><li>In this case you fit God to meet your agenda </li></ul>
But when the glory of God drops into the reality of your life. It is at this point where the things in your life give way to His glory in such a way that your life has a God-quake! God is able to change and transform your belief system because He is heavier and more weighty than your belief. And instead of you trying to figure out how to fit God into your agenda - GOD BECOMES YOUR AGENDA That isn’t the icing on the cake, instead this is the cake! It is at this point that God re-directs and re-engineers your life.
Isaiah 6 (The holiness of God and the glory of God) God is holy means that God is in a class of perfection and greatness and value by himself. He is incomparable. His holiness is his utterly unique and perfect divine essence. It determines all that he is and does and is determined by nothing and no one outside himself. His holiness is what he is as God which no one else is, or ever will be, and it signifies his intrinsic, infinite worth. The glory of God is the manifestation of his holiness. God’s holiness is the incomparable perfection and greatness of his divine nature; his glory is the display of that holiness. The holiness of God is his concealed glory. The glory of God is his revealed holiness. ( Thanks to Dr. John Piper for his insight )
The glory of God is the infinite beauty and greatness of his manifold perfections.