The Glory Of The Lord
How will the glory of the Lord affect you?
But, as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. (Numbers 14:21)
Based on Strong Dictionary, the Hebrew root word (kabad) glory has two different meanings. It means to be heavy or weighty in either a good or bad way.
Positively it means honorable, rich or abundant. Negatively it means burdensome, heavy, severe or grievous.
Because the Lord stated that the entire earth will be filled with His glory it means that we will see the manifestation of the glory of God.
But, it is a matter of how we as human beings will experience the glory of God.
Will we find His glory burdensome or will we find it rich and honorable?
But, all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. (Numbers 14:10)
Ten of the twelve spies brought back an evil report about the Promised Land. They said that the people in the land were strong and mighty and they were not able to conquer them.
Upon hearing these terrible reports, the Israelites became angry and took up rocks to stone Moses and Aaron. Suddenly, the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle before the people and two things happen:
- Mercy and forgiveness when Moses interceded for the people (Numbers 14:18-20).
The Lord honored Caleb and Joshua because of their commitment to Him and the spirit of faith and trust that they had for the Lord.
- A severely heavy burden was placed upon the rebellious people. They were destined to wander forty years in the wilderness until the older generation died.
Death by plagues descended upon the ten coward spies.
When we seek to receive the manifestation of the glory of God upon our lives or even within our churches, we need to ensure that our hearts are cleansed from all unrighteousness.
The glory of the Lord will descend, but how will it affect you?
Will you be honored by God’s glory or will you be disgraced by His glory?
Food for thought!
Related: Encountering the glory of God.