(November 18, 2016) Dr Jim McClure, respected theologian, continues his series on some scripture words…
In Exodus 33:18 Moses made this request of God: ‘Show me your glory.’ God’s reply was that no human being could see his face and live. He then instructed Moses to stand in the crevice of a rock from which Moses would see his back.
If the pure brilliancy of the glory of God were made visible, it would utterly destroy us. Matthew Henry makes this significant comment, ‘He will have us to know him by the glory of his mercy more than by the glory of his majesty.’
The word ‘glory’ is frequently used by Christians – but what does it really mean? In the Lord’s Prayer is the phrase, ‘yours is the glory’ – but what does that mean? At the birth of Jesus the angelic choir sang, ‘Glory to God in the highest …’ – but what does that mean? While the glory of God will remain hidden from us on this side of eternity, we shall attempt to reveal the meaning of the word as it is used in the Bible.
The Hebrew word (kabod – glory) has an interesting, if not unusual, development ranging from internal organs to a characteristic of God! Let us examine how these apparently dissimilar things are related. (more…)