Exodus 40:34-38; 2 Chronicles 7:1-3; John 1:14
“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys,whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.” – Exodus 40:34-38
“When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it. 3When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, ‘He is good; his love endures forever.’” – 2 Chronicles 7:1-3
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
glory: praise, honor; beauty and splendor. the glory of the One who can say “I AM” over all time and eternity…what would it be like to encounter Him? In time past His radiance had to be accompanied with “the cloud” and “the fire”. these physical things served to reveal but then also to conceal His glory…something so terrifying and overwhelming…that it completely filled the vessel He entered so much so that no one could be in the same place…and to which the only response was to fall on one’s face with recognition of how awesome He is.
then His glory came in the form of a man…The Man. at first sight He came in a vessel so ordinary and approachable…seeming to conceal but then also to reveal…to anyone willing to take a deeper second look. John and some of his audience were able to see the glory of God…in the flesh…in Jesus the Christ. the glory of God was revealed in the fullness of His grace (undeserved favor) and truth (what is actually True). grace and truth are qualities of the God who made heaven and earth…they are facts from eternity.
then this next step is mind-blowing…to consider that followers of Him are called not only the temple of Christ but the body of Christ. if all the fullness of the glory of God dwells in Jesus’ body and we are called His body…what does that mean…what should that mean…and look like? indeed…as the scriptures remind us “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
how can we, this day, be filled with the fullness of His grace and truth and so glorify Him? if we find we are not filled with Him…with grace and truth, then what are we filled with?
thank you Lord that you reveal your glory