The Glory of God


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The Glory of God

  1. 1. The Glory of GodMirrors and Veils
  2. 2. God is passionate about his gloryBring my sons from afar and my daughters from the endof the earth, every one who is called by my name, whom Icreated for my glory.(Isaiah 43:6-7)For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of mypraise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off.Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have triedyou in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for myown sake, I do it, forhow should my name be profaned?My glory I will not give to another. (Isaiah 48: 9-11)
  3. 3. The Hebrew word for glory is KabodKabod:Meaning heavy in weight
  4. 4. Exodus 3312 One day Moses said to the LORD, “You have been tellingme, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ But youhaven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have toldme, ‘I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.’ 13 If it istrue that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways soI may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy yourfavor. And remember that this nation is your very ownpeople.”14 The LORD replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and Iwill give you rest—everything will be fine for you.”15 Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’tmake us leave this place. 16 How will anyone know that youlook favorably on me—on me and on your people—if youdon’t go with us? For your presence among us sets yourpeople and me apart from all other people on the earth.”
  5. 5. 17 The LORD replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you haveasked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.”18 Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.”19 The LORD replied, “I will make all my goodness pass beforeyou, and I will call out my name, Yahweh,[c] before you. For Iwill show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will showcompassion to anyone I choose. 20 But you may not lookdirectly at my face, for no one may see me andlive.” 21 TheLORD continued, “Look, stand near me on thisrock. 22 As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you inthe crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until Ihave passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and let you seeme from behind. But my face will not be seen.
  6. 6. The Glory of GodMirrors and Veils
  7. 7. Genesis 345 Then the LORD came down in a cloud and stood there with him;and he called out his own name, Yahweh.[a] 6 The LORD passed infront of Moses, calling out,“Yahweh![b] The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy!I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.7 I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.[c] I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children andgrandchildren;the entire family is affected— even children in the third and fourth generations.”8 Moses immediately threw himself to the ground andworshiped.
  8. 8. 29 When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant,[i] he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD.30 So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him.31 But Moses called out to them and asked Aaron and all the leaders of the community to come over, and he talked with them. 32 Then all the people of Israel approached him, and Moses gave them all the instructions the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil.
  9. 9. God expresses himself Through his creation“Then the LORD came down in a cloud” Psalm 19:1The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
  10. 10. God expresses himself Through his name “and he called out his own name, Yahweh” Nehemiah 9:5“May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!”
  11. 11. God expresses himself Through light“he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD” Isaiah 60:1-2“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the LORD rises to shine on you.2 Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the LORD rises and appears over you.
  12. 12. God expresses himself Through light “he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD” REVELATION 21:2323 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.
  13. 13. God’s ultimate glory was expressed through Jesus Christ John 1:14 14 So the Word became human[a] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[b] And we have seen hisglory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
  14. 14. God’s ultimate glory was expressed through Jesus Christ Luke 928 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on amountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his facewas transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white.30 Suddenly, twomen, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. 31 Theywere glorious to see. And they were speaking about his exodus from thisworld, which was about to be fulfilled in Jerusalem.32 Peter and the others had fallen asleep. When they woke up, they sawJesus’ glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As Moses and Elijahwere starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he wassaying, blurted out, “Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s makethree shelters as memorials[f]—one for you, one for Moses, and one forElijah.” 34 But even as he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them, andterror gripped them as the cloud covered them.35 Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my ChosenOne.[g] Listen to him.” 36 When the voice finished, Jesus was there alone.They didn’t tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
  15. 15. The Glory of the New Covenant – 2 Corithians 37 The old way,[b] with laws etched in stone, led to death, though itbegan with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear tolook at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory ofGod, even though the brightness was already fadingaway. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the newway, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old way, whichbrings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious isthe new way, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that firstglory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelmingglory of the new way. 11 So if the old way, which has beenreplaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is thenew, which remains forever!
  16. 16. 12 Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be verybold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so thepeople of Israel would not see the glory, even though it wasdestined to fade away. 14 But the people’s minds werehardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is beingread, the same veil covers their minds so they cannotunderstand the truth. And this veil can be removed only bybelieving in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do notunderstand.16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is takenaway. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of theLord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veilremoved can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And theLord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as weare changed into his glorious image.