Have You Seen His Glory?

Have You Seen His Glory?

Posted on 08. Mar, 2011 by in Empowering, Kingdom Notes eZine

Apostolic Note Vol 5 No 4

So, I have been told by credible sources that I do not think normal! I guess it is so: I tend to ask a lot of question, searching for the underlying reason of many things. A few years ago I got to thinking: Why did God do the creation thing? What’s His purpose for the earth, animals and man? The awesome thing about these questions is: God showed me an answer in His word! This answer, I believe, is truly the foundation for the Good News (I will cover this in another Apostolic Note).

So what was His answer to my off the wall question, why did he create the earth? The word of God tells us in the following texts:

  • Num 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
  • Hab 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
  • Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

From these texts we can begin to see a purpose for this created earth: God wanted to fill it with his glory. So…. Ok, this obviously prompts another question: What is the glory of God?

Glory Defined

In the OT, the most common word for “glory” is Kabhodh and according to the ISBE (1) it means “weight,” “heaviness,” and hence in its primary uses it conveys the idea of some external, physical manifestation of dignity, preeminence or majesty. The reference is most frequently, however, to the external manifestations.” In its most significant usages “it describes the form in which Jehovah (Yahweh) reveals Himself or is the sign and manifestation of His presence. Kabhodh conveys the idea of some physical, external manifestation; most commonly when God would reveal himself or his presence.” Based on this understanding, the glory of the Lord was some awesome, majestic physical manifestation that God would use to reveal His presence.

We see this played out in numerous occasions in the scriptures regarding “The glory of the Lord,” when there was a demonstrated manifestation, allowing individuals to recognize the Lords presence. Some of these include:

  • The glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud as Aaron spoke – Exodus 16:10
  • The glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud and as fire on Mt Sinai – Exodus 24:16-17
  • The glory of the Lord appeared as cloud in the tabernacle – Exodus 40:34-35
  • Four times in Numbers it states that the glory of the Lord “appeared.” – Num 14:10, 16:19 & 19, 20:6
    • The word “appeared” in these texts is ra’ah and means:
    • “to see, observe, perceive, get acquainted with, gain understanding, examine, look after (see to), choose, discover.”(2)
    • Basically ra’ah connotes seeing with one’s eyes:(3)
    • God speaks of those “which have seen” his glory in Egypt and the wilderness – Num 14:22
      • “which have seen” is the same ra’ah above
    • When Solomon dedicated the temple, the glory of the Lord filled the temple – 2 Ch 5:14
      • Fire came with this appearance – 2 Ch 7:3
    • Isaiah prophesied that the glory of the Lord would appear and it would be seen – Isa 35:2, 40:5
    • Ezekiel repeatedly referenced seeing the glory of the Lord – Eze 1:28, 3:23, 10:4 & 18, 11:23

    These texts and others state to us that glory, in reference to the Lord, spoke of a recognizable, demonstrable manifestation of God’s presence. There was no doubt in the minds of those who witnessed the glory, of whose presence they were in.

    We see a similar pattern in the usage of glory in the NT

    • Jesus told Martha if “thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God” – John 11:40
      • According to Vines, the word “see is optomai” and simply means “to see.”
    • Stephen as he was being stoned, “saw the glory of God” – Acts 7:55
    • Paul states that we are beholding the glory of the Lord – 2 Cor 3:18
    • In Revelation we are told the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God. – Rev 15:8

    The most common NT word for glory is “doxa,” and: “primarily signifies an opinion, estimate, and hence, the honor resulting from a good opinion. It is used of the nature and acts of God in self-manifestation, i. e., what He essentially is and does, as exhibited in whatever way he reveals Himself” (4) According to Dr. Spiros Zodhiates (5), “doxa” has the following meanings: To “recognize a person or thing for what it is. Appearance, form, that appearance of a person which catches the eye or attracts attention, commanding recognition.”

    The practical usage of doxa is that God’s form or appearance of manifestation would bring about an opinion, estimation and recognition of who he is. Thus, the glory was a way of God revealing himself in a knowable way.

    The point of giving so many references is this: the biblical principle of glory is a visible manifestation that attracted the attention and brought recognition of the presence of God. It is all about the revelation of Him!

    When teaching our Living In Kingdom Authority series the working definition we use is a compilation of many resources and is as follows: Glory is a form or appearance that attracts attention and brings recognition – of who God is.

    Now, to tie this back into creation: The eternal God, who is a spirit (Jn 4:24), which according to Jesus, does not have “flesh and bones” (Lk 24:39) has sought to reveal himself. To accomplish this, He created a place called earth to fill with His form or appearance that would attract attention and bring recognition of who He is. In short, an invisible and intangible God desired to make himself knowable.

    In the next few Apostolic Notes, we will discuss the importance of glory as it relates to understanding of the purpose for Adam, Jesus, the Gospel and the born again believer.

    In the meantime, when you read the term “glory,” think of “the form or appearance that attracts attention and brings recognition.” See how it will bring to light the scripture, especially the New Testament.

    Next apostolic note, we will present the idea of How God’s Glory would fill the earth.

    (1) International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1996 by Biblesoft
    (2) Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
    (3) Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright (c)1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers
    (4) Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright (c)1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers
    (5) Lexical Aids To The New Testament

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3 Responses to “Have You Seen His Glory?”

  1. Pegie

    10. Mar, 2011

    I love it when we think outside the box. I’ve always heard we were created to praise God. However Isaiah 43:7 says
    “I have created him for my Glory” Oh to behold His Glory! May we always ask questions, I believe Father is happy when we do.

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    • Martin Schmaltz

      10. Mar, 2011

      Pegie, Too often, glory is used with the idea of worship or praise. But when you understand it is an image that brings recognition, totally changes context. In upcoming note, I will delve into this. thanks for the comment.

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  2. Chris Black

    11. Mar, 2011

    Actually Doctor S,
    You think quite normal in the Spirit!
    Your friend way down south!
    Bro. Chris Black

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