THE WEIGHT OF GOD’S GLORY
When we open our eyes and look, the glory of God is evident everywhere. Every season has its own beauty. David recognised God’s glory in His handiwork and composed a song – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands (Psa. 19: 1).
Why did Moses ask to see the glory of God when he could see it all around him? Perhaps there was something more that he wanted to know about God. The Hebrew word qabot (Strong – H3519) which is translated “glory” can also mean “weight” or “splendour”. Moses asked God to show him the “weight” of who He was.
God’s response was surprising.
I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion (Ex. 33:19).
Moses saw nothing but he heard something – the weight of God’s character in His name. Everything we see in God’s creation is stunning, amazing, and beautiful but there is nothing that compares with the weight of His character, His mercy and compassion. Outside of the mercy of God we have no hope – only the terrible punishment our sins deserve.
The Old Testament is full of the evidences of God’s mercy to His people. He forgave, delivered and restored them time and again in spite of their stubborn rebellion and unbelief. He showed mercy to many who were not even His own people – people like Rahab, the harlot who was rescued from Jericho because she believed in God; Ruth, the Moabitess who went back to Israel with Naomi; the Ninevites who repented when Jonah preached to them, and many more.
The most beautiful picture of all is the picture of God’s mercy in the outstretched arms of Jesus, nailed to the cross for our sin. God said that sin must be punished by death, and then Jesus came Himself and died to take our punishment so that He could have mercy on us and set us free.
However, God’s mercy to us requires something from us too. Our wholes lives should be a response to His mercy. If not, God will have to treat us as He will one day treat those who refuse to receive His mercy.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:12-13).
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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