Let me soul come not into their council; O my glory, be not joined to their company. For in their anger they killed men, and in their willfulness they hamstrung oxen.
Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, had planned and enacted a heinous crime, killing all the males of the city of Shechem. Jacob, on his deathbed, completely distanced himself from their plan and action. He did not want to be associated with that at all: “O my glory, be not joined to their company”! He did not want his reputation to be tarnished with their sin, as though he had a part in it.
Here we see that one’s glory—one’s character and reputation—is related to the separation from sin. In Jacob’s case it was the separation from their sin of killing all the males of the city. Obviously Jacob was not sinless, but, like us, fell short of God’s glory (see Rom. 3:23). His “glory” was preserved from his son’s sins, but was not blameless, for any sin tarnishes our glory and only produces shame: “And many of those who sleep in the dust shall awake . . . some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2).
When we consider this kind of glory in relation to God, we see that He is “holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens” (Heb. 7:26). God is perfectly righteous! There is no moral blemish at all: “You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong . . .” (Hab. 1:13). Therefore, God’s moral perfection is an intrinsic part of His glory. God’s moral perfection is an intrinsic part of His glory! Click To Tweet
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