(1) Glory in the charismatic movement today is typically equated with seeing certain “strange occurrences”. These things can be fascinating and even exhilarating when experienced – however, they will never be fulfilling to a man’s heart. Why? We were simply not made to see one-off strange occurrences that temporarily exhilarate us– we were made for the perpetual strange occurrence in the immediate presence of God remaining in an infinite state of exhilarated euphoric fascination awe and wonder (EEFAW Principle) FOREVER.
(2) Charismatic worship.
(a) What do we mean when we say “God, show us Your glory!?”
(3) Fremantle Dockers hat.
(3) Signs and wonders experiences: 2 angels; deaf ear opening; Man w/ Parkinson’s. Dream about demon.
1.That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him (Ephesians 1:17, NASB)
1.I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the most glorious Father, would give you a wise spirit, along with revelation that comes through knowing the Messiah fully. (ISV)
Your portion in this life is this: The Father of glory wants to show you the glory of who ‘God is through the physical manifestation of the person of God- His Son.
That in the ages to come He (God) might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7, NASB)
This is your full and glorious portion in the age to come: God is going to reveal to us for ages to come the overwhelming wealth and supply of His grace and supreme kindness towards us that He actively and purposely unveiled in the physical manifestation of the person of His Son. We will meditate upon and worship this glorious Man forever.
(3) How then do we live? If this is true, what needs to change in my life?
B.And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.(1 Kings 19:11, ESV)
We can establish with this reading that many strange elements occur when the Lord appears, however the Lord is not within these elements. What is shocking is that the sound of a low whisper is what elicits Elijah’s reaction to go out to meet God. Elijah tarried in the cave waiting for the person of God to show up… because you talk to a person, not an element (unless you’re weird).
Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” (Exodus 33:18)
Full stop! This is Exodus 33! Moses has seen 10 divine plagues inflicted upon the Egyptians. He has seen a great sea open up before him, form two walls on either side and has walked through that sea on dry ground. He has seen manna fall from heaven to feed them daily. He has witnessed the quail come from the sky. Ex. 24 has already happened where Moses went up to the throne room of God and everyone saw ‘something’. Moses had already been up on the mountain in the elements of “glory” for 40 days when the finger of God drew the Law on stone tablets. Moses however knew something that we do not. He knew there was more… He wanted to see the kabhodh! He wanted to know the person, this is why He cried out, “YHWH I beg you, show me (who You are) Your glory!”
33:19 And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” 20But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” 21Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; 22and it will come about, while My glory (kabhodh) is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. 23“Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”
The Lord Himself here connects His kabhodh with the form that Moses will see: A hand, and a back and this is the answer to Moses prayer.
Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins upward something glowing like metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was radiance all around Him. 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 (kabhodh) of the Lord. (Ezekiel 1:27-28)
Then the glory (kabhodh) of the God of Israel went up from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed in linen at whose loins was writing the case. (Ezekiel 9:3)
39But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; 40for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41“The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. 42“The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. (Matthew 12:39-42)
You’re asking for a sign and a wonder but I’m telling you that the greatest sign and wonder is standing in front of you… and furthermore this sign and wonder is going to die on a Cross, be in the middle of the earth for three days, and rise from the dead with the keys of Hades and death in His hands. Meditate on that!
B.The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory (doxa), glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth… no one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. (John 1:14)
2.The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth. (Exodus 34:6) (This kindness is the abounding revelation of Jesus that we will look upon forever in the ages to come).
2.John knew full well the implications of making this statement in his day to Torah observant Jews. I believe this could be John subtly revealing a profound mystery: Jesus Himself was the Kabhodh that passed before Moses’ eyes. This begs the questions: Could Jesus be the person who came and spoke to Elijah? Was Jesus the Kabhodh of the One seated on the throne in Ezekiel?
He is the image of the invisible God. (Colossians 1:15)
Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. (John 6:46)
Jesus himself declares that no one has ever seen the Father. Is this a confession of His own manifestation in the OT Scriptures and Theophanies? Is Jesus admitting that the Father exists as something that we do not understand in our human minds, and that is precisely why Jesus came in physical form to give understanding? If so, what was the understanding He came to give?
This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: ‘Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?’ … 41 These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory and He spoke of Him. (John 12:41)
Remember our earlier definition of glory: ‘some external physical characteristic which attracts the attention.’ Now let’s cite the verse after the one we just looked at in Isaiah 53 –
3.(In the context of this study it seems possible that Jesus is referring to Isaiah 53:10 here– “For it pleased the Father to crush him…”)
(17:22) “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
2. The glory that men are seeking after militates against the true glory of what Jesus has modeled for us in His life, death, and resurrection. What we must grab a hold of and cling to with all of our strength is a pursuit of the presented form of glory defined by the person of Jesus. This is true meekness and what He is seeking for us to obtain– the Cross and the laying down of our lives.