Summary: As Moses spoke to God face to face and was changed by His glory so that his face shown, how much more are we to become full of God's life-changing presence and bring His light and glory to the world around us?
After Moses encountered the glory of God by speaking face to face with God - he was never that same. Moses was hungry for God's presence so that he cried, "Show me thy glory!" What are the life-changing effects of God's glory and manifested presence? God filled the tabernacle, then later the temple. Now, "ye are the temple God". As Moses spoke to God face to face and was changed so that his face shown, how much more are we to become full of God's life-changing presence and bring His light and glory to the world around us?
God’s Original Plan for Man:
Psalm 8:4–5 NKJV
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
:5 God “crowned” Adam with glory.
The glory of God is the manifested presence of God.
This word in Hebrew is: Crowned, compass, encircle for protection with glory.
Adam was CLOTHED with the glory of God.
When Adam sinned, the glory of God departed and they were naked.
God already had a plan to restore FELLOWSHIP with his lost human race.
God already had a plan to restore God’s presence and GLORY to his man.
THE CIRCLE OF GLORY
A. God created Adam then clothed and wrapped him in God’s glory.
B. Man sinned and FELL SHORT OF THE GLORY of God (Romans 3:23)
C. Jesus - The Captain of our salvation came to RESTORE MANY SONS TO GLORY (Heb 2:6-10)
Through Jesus, God’s man is restored unto God’s glory.
God’s plan is for His man to have the glory of God upon his life.
Moses Spoke Face to Face with God (and encountered God’s glory)
Exodus 33:9–11 NKJV
9 And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. 10 All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. 11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.
Moses Understood the Importance of the glory
Exodus 33:13–15 NKJV
13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” 14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.
Moses - “If your presence (glory) is not going, we’re not going.”
DEFINITION: (Hebrew - Kabod) = Glory, Honor, great quantity, majesty, splendor, heavy, weighty.
Moses asked for GLORY, God showed him GOODNESS!
Exodus 33:18–19 NKJV
18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 19 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.”
God wanted Moses to understand His Glory.
It’s not just His presence but so much more - His Goodness!
GOD’S GLORY: “Heavy with everything good”
Moses EXPERIENCED CHANGE in the Glory.
Moses spent forty days in the glory and his face began to shine
Exodus 34:29–30 NKJV
29 Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.
(Jump to :35)
Exodus 34:35 NKJV
35 And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.
God’s Goal is to DWELL with mankind
Exodus 25:8 NKJV
8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.
SHEKINAH means “to DWELL”, inhabit, settle down, abide.
God’s manifested presence came to DWELL with man...
1. GLORY CHANGED PEOPLE IN THE OLD COVENANT =======================
As we just read, God’s glory changed Moses and made his face to shine.