The glory of the LORD dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called Moses out of the midst of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.
Many times the Bible uses physical realities to convey spiritual truths. God relates to us on our level of understanding. Today we have such a physical reality: God’s glory is likened to “a devouring fire.” What does that indicate?
It is stated as a devouring fire. Nothing can stand against it. It burns up everything that does not have God’s glory as its very substance. Sin is actually anything that demeans or belittles God’s glory—anything that does not see and treat God as all-glorious.Sin is ... anything that does not see and treat God as all-glorious! Click To Tweet That’s why it should not surprise us when the Bible states: “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). Or as the King James Version states: “The whole world lieth in wickedness.”
Jesus came to redeem and restore us. He came for God’s glory! Therefore, when all is said and done, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). That will be the eternal experience on the new earth, “in which righteousness dwell” (2 Peter 3:13), which is synonymous with “the knowledge of the glory of the LORD.”
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