Word Nerd Wednesday Glory

Word Nerd Wednesday – Glory

I’m excited to welcome back AdeleAlys Spil for this week’s installation of Word Nerd Wednesday with the word glory, as we continue our study on the Lord’s prayer.

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Glory Defined

Strongs H3519- Kabod=heavy

properly- weight;  figuratively-splendor or copiousness

Strongs Greek 1391- Doxa – from dokeo = to think

describes renown- a thing that is beautiful, impressive, or worthy of praise -often associated with brightness or light.

In simplest terms, Glory is the external manifestation of God – what Puritan preacher Thomas Watson termed ” the sparkling of Deity. ” Pick any theophany story- and what we are seeing is some aspect of God’s Being, His Nature, His Character, His Power, and His Acts. Take Jesus Christ and his earthly life recorded in the Gospels- every Word, every Touch, every Glance, every Action revealed His identity as God’s Only Son and pointed back to His Father and ours.

Glory Appears

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord

                      Traditional

  

Glory is a game changer. It often appears quite suddenly, and the contrast between what came before it in time or stands around it in space fills those present with awe and praise.

Think of the “Manna” story. The people (God’s Chosen) were grumbling and longing for more food choices than the desert offered. Some even considered turning back to Egypt and slavery- just for a better menu.

 ” 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, and in the morning, you will see the glory of the Lord……

That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning, there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was.” 

Exodus 16: 6-7,13-15

Glory In the New Testament

For a New Testament example, let’s look to Jesus’ Dear friend Lazarus (now dead) and his sisters. Mary and Martha aren’t grumbling but they are sorrowful and wondering aloud why Jesus had not come to heal their brother when they first went word.

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.  ‘Take away the stone,’ he said.

‘But, Lord,’ said Martha, the sister of the dead man, ‘by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.’

Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

So, they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.’

When he had said this Jesus called in a loud voice, 

‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.'”

John 11:38-43

 

Clouds and Glory


I see the cloud, I step in

I want to see Your glory like Moses did.

Flashes of light and rolls of thunder

I’m not afraid

I’m not afraid

Show me Your glory

Show me Your glory

Show me Your Glory /Jesus Culture

As much as we would love to know God in the Fullness of His Glory, such magnificence is too weighty for our minds to comprehend. God’s Light (in which there is no darkness at all) is too bright for our eyes to see. For that reason and to our benefit, Glory comes with a covering.

God granted Moses the privilege of knowing His Name in Exodus 3, but He prevented Moses from seeing His face in Exodus 33.

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.’ Verses 18-23

God used his own hand to cover Moses in this story. But for the rest of the Hebrews, God came with cloud cover.

“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, to go by day and night.”

Exodus 13:21 

“Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.”

Exodus 24:16

 “and the Lord said to Moses: “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.”

Leviticus 16:2

“These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.”

Deuteronomy 5:22

God’ Glory Will Be Revealed

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed

And all flesh shall see it together

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

      The Messiah/ Handel

These words from Isaiah 40:5 hold promise and hope for believers every day, not just on Christmas. Our God is and has always been in the redemption business and revelation is a part of that plan. In 4 AD Jesus came as a baby to a small village in Palestine. At a date and hour known only to the Father, Jesus will return in power to reinstate Gods kingdom of this earth. And, just as in the Old Testament, He will come on a cloud.

 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. “

Deuteronomy 33:26

 “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS THE SKY with power and great glory.”

Matthew 24:30

 “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”

1 Thessalonians 4:17

Glory in The Lord’s Prayer

So when we pray the Lord’s Prayer and include the doxology, our purpose is two-fold. There is both a right now and also a not yet aspect to examine. In the right now portion, we recognize that we want to see and discern God’s character and more clearly so that we can make it manifest – glorify God- in the world He created today. In the not yet aspect, we acknowledge that God is beyond our abilities to see and to understand, but we also that He is sovereign in this world and the next, that His plans for us and for this world (which at one point he pronounced good) are unfolding, and that when Jesus comes again – and only then – will we the fullness of his Glory.

As much as we would love to know God in the Fullness of His Glory, such magnificence is too weighty for our minds to comprehend. #wordnerdwednesday #glory #thelordsprayer @morgantonrose Click To Tweet

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Meet AdeleAlys

The daughter of a Lutheran minister and a Catholic college professor, Adele-Alys faith life has always been a patchwork. Married to a Jewish man for 38 years, she delved deeply into his faith. It sharpened my picture of Jesus and popped my spiritual ears in ways I could not imagine.” You can connect Adele-Alys via Twitter (@morgantonrose), Pinterest, and her blog (adelealysblog.wordpress.com).

 

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