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The glory of the Lord is the manifestation of his presence. God shows himself strong and moves among mankind displaying a portion of his character out of his glory.
I. God received Glory through destruction of the enemies of God
Exodus 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this. (Exodus 14:17,18)
17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory—
II. God tangibly takes care of his people out of his glory
6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought you out of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” 8 Moses also said, “You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD.” 9 Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.’” 10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the LORD appearing in the cloud.
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III. God’s glory appears as a cloud or fire
Exodus 24:16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud.
Exodus 24:17 To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.
Exodus 40:34,35 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
God appearing to Moses in the “burning” bush in Exodus chapter 3.
Cloud by day and a fire by night
Exodus 13:21,22; Exodus 40:38; Numbers 14:14; Deuteronomy 1:33; Psalm 78:14
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IV. God’s glory appears to confirm the priestly ministry; inaugurating a new beginning
Then Moses said, “This is what the LORD has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the LORD may appear to you.” Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.
God consumed the sacrifice of Solomon at the consecration of the temple serving to inaugurate a new beginning
2 Chronicles 6 and 7
The day of Pentecost, God’s glory comes in the form of fire and tongues helping to inaugurate the birthing of the Church.
Acts 2:3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
Numbers 14:10 – Numbers 14:22
V. The glory of the Lord appeared to stop the stoning of God’s human authority
VI. Seeing God’s glory prompts God to hold his people accountable for behaving at a higher level of Godliness
VII. The glory of God caused a plague to move out and kill the rebellious
42 But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the tent of meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared. 43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the LORD said to Moses, 45 “Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.” And they fell facedown. 46 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the LORD; the plague has started.”
VIII. The Glory of God gives supernatural wisdom and insight (re: getting water from a rock)
Numbers 20:6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them.
IX. God’s voice and his glory can appear together.
24 And you said, “The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a person can live even if God speaks with them.
We need God’s glory, his manifest presence, to make God real and relevant to a lost generation and to energize the Church.
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