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How God demonstrates His Glory

Israel Afolabi Ojo. 30/05/2017

"When God wants to show forth His glory He simply demonstrates His goodness to man because His glory is embedded in His goodness."

 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” (Exodus 33:12-23)
There was a bargain between God and Moses. God, in order to proof to Moses that he is the Almighty promised to do all that Moses asked. However, Moses was very demanding in his requests. He knew how to hold God at his word, he was not careless at all.

… show me your glory

The glory as it is used in the above verse is figurative, Kabod; properly it means weight, figuratively it means splendor.

I will make all my goodness pass before thee…

It seems Moses was demanding for the physical glory of God, but God told him that is not possible, however, God reveals a simple way He shows his glory- by demonstrating his goodness. That means,

When God wants to show forth His glory He simply demonstrates His goodness to man because His Glory is embedded in His goodness.
The physical glory of God cannot be seen by man but His manifest glory can be felt through his goodness.


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