I’m planning to write an E-book on “The Glory of Christ,” looking at 31 verses about His glory. The plan is to make it permanently free on all E-book platforms. As you’re reading these posts, I will greatly appreciate, when the book comes out, if you would write a review on Amazon. Here’s the first devotional:
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”
It’s only fitting to start this book with a prayer for what will be addressed: “The knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). While Christ’s glory is not explicitly mentioned in the Old Testament, it’s exactly the same as God’s glory since Jesus is God. The author of Hebrews wrote: “He [Jesus] is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb. 1:3). Jesus said: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). They’re identical.
When we consider the context of Moses’ request, we see that He had just been with God on Mount Sinai, receiving “the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God” (Ex. 31:18). During that time the people had persuaded Aaron to make them a golden calf, worshipping it as god and sacrificing to it (Ex. 32).
God, in his great displeasure, distanced Himself from His people: “I will send an angel before you,” and, “I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people” (Ex. 33:2-3). Moses pleaded for the people, asking for God’s continued presence.
As he interceded, he also asked for God’s favor: “Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight” (Ex. 33:13). God graciously answered it: “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘This very things that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name’” (Ex. 33:17).
Having God’s explicitly stated favor, Moses now asked for the ultimate: “Please show me your glory”—show me who You truly are in all Your greatness and excellence. Here’s an important lesson: when we have God’s favor, we should not be idle. Instead, we should pursue a greater and deeper knowledge of His glory. Since He has been gracious to us, will He withhold our request for a revelation and manifestation of His glory?
God gave him the answer of what His glory is. It’s His infinite goodness: “I will make all my goodness pass before you.” It’s His absolute sovereignty and supremacy: “The LORD.” It’s His complete freedom and faithfulness: “And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy” (Ex. 19). Do you want to see God’s glory? Then ask and consider these five aspects.
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