Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Glory of God is Indescribable

The Bow in the clouds after the rain has nothing to do with illusive dreams, but everything to do with God's Glory.....

As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking. Ezekiel 1:28.

At evening you will know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt; and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD…. Genesis 16:6-7.

And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top…. Exodus 24:17.

Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle…Exodus 40:35.

In Human language of any kind, the overwhelming presence of God’s Glory, does not contain the absolute description of the Event. God, the Author of the Scriptures, gave the men who penned the words of description, but I often times wonder of the absolute fullness of His Glory. I do not believe that the words in His Word are adequate in their truth for us to comprehend what these men saw.

Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings. Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people. Then fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces. Leviticus 9:22-24.

The Transfiguration does not speak directly to the Glory of God, but notice the response of these men as the Presence of God is known before them.

Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, "Get up, and do not be afraid." And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone. Matthew 17:1-6.

As I look around me, and you do the same, I stand amazed in His Presence. The leaves changing from buds to broad hues of color, the caterpillars change to extravagant butterflies each demonstrate His Glory to some degree.

However, the Message of the Cross, the Power of His Resurrection and ultimately, His Second Coming consummate His Sovereign Glory. Purely and simply we have no words of our own to adequately describe any of these events. For this reason it is beyond reason why anyone who claims to know Christ as Savior is not reading the Bible or does not place themselves in a position to hear those Words of Grace.

The sovereignty of our Lord is best known in the hearts of those who have received His redeeming Grace. We find not simply eternal salvation, but liberty in Him on this earth. The veil of sin is removed and the joy of spiritual sight is given by His Spirit and Glory.

But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 3:14-18.

Jesus is Lord

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