In Exodus 33 we find an incident where Moses asked to see God’s glory. He actually wanted to see God!
“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’” (Exodus 33:18-33, NIV).
God’s glory is his goodness and mercy! Whenever we see authentic expressions of kindness and compassion, we are seeing visages and echos of God. That’s what he looks like!
Shortly before he returned to his Father, Jesus prayed.
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth’” (John 17:1-3, NLT).
The glory of God was manifested in the life of Jesus through his acts of mercy. He showed that God is indiscriminate with his grace and love! And if we wish to reflect him to others, we must be the same way!
Rich DuBose writes from Northern California.