“So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.”
Exodus 33:17-22 NKJV
Moses desired to see God’s glory. He had spoken to God, heard from God and had the pleasure of the Lord’s presence. All of this access was more than anyone could possibly want, but Moses wanted more. He wanted to behold the glory for himself.
At that moment a mere glimpse of God’s back was amazing in its self. I can imagine Moses in the cleft of the rock, awash in His radiance as he struggled to see with squinting eyes and outstretched hand a glimpse, a fleeting moment of the Lord’s passing.
When I read this passage, the fact that God laid aside that glory to be born as one of us and to walk in humble flesh is truly amazing. Suddenly the creation could look upon the creator, face to face, and live. He remained fully God in every step.
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”
Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV
He humbled Himself to walk with us, to live with us, to give Himself for us on the cross that we could be with Him.
This was no temporary transition like the Christophanies of the Old Testament, but an eternal state. He sacrificed the glory He knew with the Father to walk as a Man.
When we see Him in Heaven we will see the price He paid. He will appear, not as the He was before the incarnation, but as He is after the cross. We will see the price of our sin still present. His scars will be the only man-made things in Heaven.
I am driven to live out this salvation that Jesus paid so dearly for, to bask in the glory that is not to be seen, but is now in me. For Moses begged for God to be with the children of Israel, we have God in us. He walks with me through all trials and struggles, rejoices with me in blessings and weeps with me in sorrow. He is a great and loving God that I can’t live without.
Ask God to show you His glory today and behold His working in you! If you don’t know Him, He is always glad to meet you where you are! He will forgive your sins and transform your life.
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