Show Me Your Glory, part 19: The Hand of God and the Cleft of the Rock

“And Yahweh said, ‘Behold, there is a place beside me and you will stand upon the rock.  And while my glory passes over, I will set you in the crevice of the rock and I will hold protectively my hand over you until I pass by.  Then I will turn aside my hand, and you… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 17: No Man May See My Face and Live

“And He said, ‘You will not be able to see my face, for no man can see me and live.’” (Exodus 33:20)   The language of not being able to see the face of God and live is language that will be picked up later in the New Testament by both John (John 1:18) and… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 16: In the Name of Yahweh

“And He said, I will cause all of my goodness to pass over your face.  And I will invoke my name in your presence, that is, I will show favor upon those who I will show favor to and I will show compassion upon those to whom I will show compassion.’” (Exodus 33:19)   Literally,… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 15: All My Goodness

“And He said, I will cause all of my goodness to pass over your face.  And I will invoke my name in your presence, that is, I will show favor upon those who I will show favor to and I will show compassion upon those to whom I will show compassion.’” (Exodus 33:19)   Note… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 14: And He Said…

“And he said, ‘Show me your glory!’” (Exodus 33:18)   I think that it is impossible to read this verse without feeling the excitement that Moses was feeling.  God had promised to walk with his people and to lead them from this mountain.  Here, Moses verbalizes the glorious hope of every believer:  to see God’s… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 13: God Confirms

“And Yahweh said to Moses, ‘I will indeed do this thing that I have promised, for you have found favor in my eyes, and I have known you with a name.’” (Exodus 33:17)   God confirms that he will fulfill his promise to Moses and to the people of Israel.  This promise is the same… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 12: Your Presence Makes Us Special (part 2)

“And he said, ‘If your face is not going, do not lead us from this place.  And in what way will it be known, then, that I have found favor in your eyes―I and your people?  Is it not in your going with us and that we have been treated specially―I and your people―from all… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 11: Your Presence Makes Us Special

“And he said, ‘If your face is not going, do not lead us from this place.  And in what way will it be known, then, that I have found favor in your eyes―I and your people?  Is it not in your going with us and that we have been treated specially―I and your people―from all… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 9: My Face

“And He said, ‘My face will go with you and I will secure rest for you.’” (Exodus 33:14)   There is an exegetical question that must be answered within this clause: should we translate this as “my presence” or “my face.”  Certainly, the idea that is being conveyed is that God’s presence will go with… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 8: This Nation-Your People

“And Moses said to Yahweh, ‘See, you said to me, ‘lead this people up.’  But you did not reveal to me who you were going to send with me.  And you said, ‘I have known you with a name and you have found favor in my eyes.’ And now, if I have found favor in… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 1: Introductions

While there are many themes that arise throughout Israelite history, one of the themes that plays a major role in redemptive history is that of seeking God’s face and seeking to see His glory.  Certainly God glorifies himself in many ways throughout the scriptures—creation itself reveals the glory of God (Psalm 19).  But ultimately and… Read More