By Marni Montanez
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 Then Moses said, "I pray You, show me Your glory!"
This was Moses' desperate desire. He wanted to know all facets of His God, so He asks the Almighty, "Show me your glory", God replies with "I will make all my goodness pass before you". What is God's glory? The Hebrew word for glory is kabod or kavod (K-B-D), which originally means "weight" or "heaviness.
In all the characterizations of the word glory, I have come to the conclusion that "Glory" is the totality of God; It is all His goodness; for He is goodness and peace and love. It is His essence, His presence and His all consuming light; it is His beauty, , His protection and His armor over us. It is His love for us and is all consuming and all conclusive of who He is and HIs expression.
Moses was asking God to show him who He (God) was. Do we want this? Do we want to see God in all His glory or are we one of those who are afraid as the Israelites were? If so, what are we afraid of? Are we afraid of being exposed as Adam and Eve were? Are we afraid of the changes that would be made in His reflective glory?
We desire to know God, but on our terms This puts God in a box and limits His true ability and nature to reveal everything that we need to know and see about Him. Moses didn't put any stipulations on God when He asked to see His glory. His desire came from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through Moses. He didn't fully understand His own request, but trusted that God knew what he was asking. In reality God knew better what Moses needed to see, than Moses knew himself. We need to ask God to see His glory and allow Him to decide what that means. He knows what we can handle and what we need.
Challenge: Ask God: "show me your glory" and then allow Him to show you the way He wants to and what He wants to show you.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.