A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, July 2, 2015
“And [Moses] said, ‘Please, show me Your glory.’” – Exodus 33:18
It is here (Exodus 33:18) that Moses asks God to show him His Glory. Moses’ name means “Drawn out.” The book of Exodus is about God drawing His people out of bondage to a place of freedom and liberty. He drew these captives out by His Glory, which rested upon Moses.
“And Moses said to God, ‘please show me Your Glory’”. Glory, as used in this verse, is kabowd (pr. kaw-bode) meaning “weight, splendor, or copiousness” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Webster explains “splendor” as “great and impressive beauty.” When God rests on us, He leaves His impression on and in us. “Copiousness” means “yielding something abundantly.” When God rests on us, He draws out our abundance, which is our identity in Christ that He spoke into us before He formed us and knitted us together in our mother’s womb.
Weightiness and heaviness are two different things. Heavy matters and heaviness are not from God. They force us down; whereas weighty things and weighty matters build us up. They draw us out and help us rise to new places and positions where God has called us to.
When my son Joseph was young, I loved when he rested on me, because I loved feeling his weight on me. My wife, I love when she rests on me, because I love feeling her weight on me. Their weight drew me closer to them. Their weight drew me out. So it is with God, but obviously on a supernatural level that is beyond our ability to fully comprehend or explain. I love to feel God’s weight, His Glory on me. It is such an intimate act that draws me out and closer to Him. We need God to rest on us more, church. We need Him to rest His weight on us.
My New Spirit-Filled Life Bible says of this moment between Moses and God: “Moses’ passionate plea to see God’s Glory is one of the most intimate encounters between a man and God ever recorded. His request is not for a display of God’s power or even the warmth of His presence, but he hungered for something more: Moses wanted an intimate knowledge of God Himself!” (© 2002 Thomas Nelson Inc.).
So many of us want the power of God without the presence of God. That’s putting the cart before the horse. We cannot expect to secure and carry His power when we bypass His presence. Smith Wigglesworth profoundly penned “We are only weak and helpless when we forget the visitation of the Lord.”
I believe that is why when Moses said to God in Exodus 33:15 “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here” because he knew it was only God’s Glory that could draw them out of themselves, which is where they needed to be: out of their own flesh, will, emotions, strength, and operating in God. The word for “bring us up” as used here actually means to “carry up, ascend.”
God is outside of time. Everything He did in the Old Testament pointed to fulfilling the plan of Salvation, which is found only in Jesus Christ. John chapter one unfolds for us “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
God’s Glory, His Essence, Himself coming down to Moses pointed to His coming in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, which then would open the way for all to be able carry His Glory. Jesus established in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
If we want God Himself, we must acknowledge and operate in Christ’s preeminence, which means to put Him at the head of us, our lives, and everything we do. We must put the King of kings and Lord of lords on the throne of our hearts; thus dethroning ourselves.
Turn with me to Colossians 1:15-20: He [Jesus] is the Image of the Invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the Blood of His Cross.”
Many of us call on the Name of Jesus, and we pray in His Name, which is what we are commanded to do; but how many of us actually enter into His Name? How many of us truly operate from inside of Him? In His Name?
We operate from this place by answering the question that Jesus asked “Who do you say that I am?” the way Peter did. Peter replied “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus responded “Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah [that is Peter], for flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father Who is in Heaven.” And then Jesus went on to say “You are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:15-18).
Jesus Himself said that Peter’s revelation came to Him not by flesh and blood, but by Divine Revelation through God’s Holy Spirit. John 16:13 reveals “Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
Part of what blocks us from truly allowing God to rest on us in a way that His Glory manifests, is we deny the full truth of Who God is, or we settle for the fleshly version rather than the True one-and-only Divine version.
Proverbs 18:2 warns “A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.” And people wonder why there is no power! Dare I say even pastors are afraid to preach the truth because they acquiesce more to the opinions of people rather than being unwaveringly committed to being a carrier of God’s Word! This should not be!
One of my regular desires when I write God’s Message in the “Daily Word from the Word” column is that when I am serving up God’s Word that no one gets a piece of flesh stuck in their teeth. I do not want my opinion ever when I am writing what God has given me to write so that lives may be saved, transformed and healed for the Glory of God. My opinion cannot save your life. In fact, my opinion will probably jack you up even more.
The rock in which Jesus was establishing Peter as is “petra” which means “little rock.” Jesus is the Big Rock, the Rock of Ages (Isaiah 26:4). Jesus was saying “Peter, I am chipping a piece of Me off and making it you. You are a piece, a part of me.” That saying “a chip off the old block?” Well, we should desire to be a chip off of the Rock Who is Jesus Christ.
Too many folks, dare I say even Christians, seek to be a chip off of themselves, and then expect God to rest on them and His Glory to manifest. This should not be!
We should be declaring, as the one in the wilderness (John the Baptist) declared “Jesus must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Increase is to be “In Christ.” And when we are in Christ then God’s Glory has a place to rest. And when God’s Glory has a place to rest, then Jesus is lifted up high. And when Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of man is lifted high, He will draw all people to Him. And when this Sovereign Son draws all to Him, then God’s Glory shines like never before!
Father, we repent for trying to be our own rock. Forgive us for competing for Your place and position in our lives. We are so sorry for not giving preeminence to Jesus Christ nor making Him Lord and Savior, giving Him first place, priority, and importance. Help us to decrease so that You can increase in us, and we can feel Your Glory, Your weight resting on us. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we carry Your Glory. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to give Jesus Christ preeminence in you and your life from this day forward. Determine to give Him supreme ruler-ship over you by placing Him on the throne of your heart. And continue to fight the good fight of decreasing so that Your Holy Father can increase in you; for God, your Intimate Infilling, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.