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November 2, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Luke 21-22
Audio: Luke 21-22

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“You shall have no other gods before me.”
(Exodus 20:3 ESV)

Exodus 24 (ESV)

Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. Moses alone shall come near to the Lord, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.”

Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the rules. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.

12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 13 So Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we return to you. And behold, Aaron and Hur are with you. Whoever has a dispute, let him go to them.”

15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.16 The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

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  1. The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.  Exodus 24:16

    The Glory of the Lord

    The word "glory" appears 329 in the English Standard Version of the Bible. Glorify (glorifies, glorified) appears 59 times. There are many more references to "glory" in the ESV but it does a good job translating these into more accurate words as they relate to people.

    A person's "glory" is usually determined by their wealth and possessions. In the Authorized King James Version (AKJB), Genesis 31:1 says, "And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory."

    But Genesis 31:1 in the ESV says, "Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, 'Jacob has taken all that was our father's, and from what was our father's he has gained all this wealth.'"

    So the ESV translates correctly the word "glory" to "wealth."

    Another example is Genesis 45:13. In the AKJV is says, "So you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you shall hurry and bring my father down here." In the ESV, the word "glory" is translated correctly as "honor."

    "Glory" is not inherent to people. Our "glory" is relative. That's why the psalmist says in Psalm 49:16-17 (ESV): 

    "Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
        when the glory of his house increases.
    17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
        his glory will not go down after him."

    The word "glory" is used in both the ESV and AKJV.

    When Job cried out in Job 19:9 (ESV) he said, "He has stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head." The AKJV also uses the word glory. 

    When the Bible speaks of the "glory of the Lord" or the "glory of God", it is not only referring to the glory that God HAS but also the glory that He IS! Not only does God HAVE glory but He IS the GLORIOUS ONE, Amen!

    Sovereign Grace's "Classic Bible Dictionary" says, "His [God's] glory is so much His that the expression "the glory of Jehovah" means Jehovah Himself in the manifestation of His majesty. Whenever Jehovah manifests Himself His kabod (glory) becomes visible, visible in natural phenomena."

    That's what we see in Exodus 24:16. This is the external manifestation of the eternal God. The next verse gives us further insight into what God's glory looked like. "Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel" (Exodus 24:17). 

    Why does God reveal Himself in this way? The Lord said to Moses in Exodus 33:17-23, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

    The prophet Isaiah shares his vision of the Lord who was "sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:

    'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
    the whole earth is full of his glory!'

    4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke" Isaiah 6:1-4).

    What was Isaiah's response? In the next verse (Isaiah 6:5) he said, "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!"

    One of the aspects of God that too many people lose sight of is His glory. While we can approach God through (and because of) Jesus Christ, we should never lose the reverence and awe of God's glory and His majesty. When we do, it's easy for us to ignore our sinfulness and our resistance to holiness and God's sanctifying work in our lives. 

    As we begin to see God for who He really is (in all His glory), it should cause us to see ourselves for who we really are and in humility, bow before Him in reverence and awe and worship Him in adoration for showing us mercy and grace when we only deserve judgment and condemnation.

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