As we’re still embarking on Christ’s glory, we want to do so by looking at the meaning of glory from both the Hebrew and the Greek, and also how it’s used throughout the Bible—considering every verse. We will first look at the Old Testament with all the verses, and after that the New Testament with all its verses. In order to define the Hebrew word glory, I’m using the “Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.”
The root word means “to be heavy, weighty.” This is rarely used in a literal sense. Figuratively it means someone or something that is weighty: a “person in society, someone who is honorable, impressive, worthy of respect.” The word is commonly translated as “honorable, honored, glorious, glorified.” The noun is “often in construct with a preceding word, thus taking on an adjectival aspect (King of Glory” equals “Glorious King”).” This “occurs two hundred times, never with the idea of weight or heaviness in view.”
I find it intriguing that the root word means weighty. When we consider a “weighty issue,” we consider something very important and worthy of our attention. Is God’s glory not the weightiest issue in this universe and throughout history? Nothing is more important! It easily outweighs everything else combined. Tomorrow we will start with looking at each Old Testament verse and how the word is used.
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