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"Glory"

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Exodus 33:13–22 (NKJV)
Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.”
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.
For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”
And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.
So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.
The Glory of God is what the holy people of God long for. We are actually created for this glory. There is an awareness in us that His glory is what we yearn for. We were actually created to partake of His glory. The only thing that is lucking in the unregenerate person is the Glory of God. Man is inherently never certisfied untill they have begun to experience the Glory of God. In many ways the scriptues show that we are like God.
The criptures let us know that this is what we are yearning for. Whether people know it or not, the glory of God is what will meet the deepest longings and urges of their life. There is an internal cry and even groaning that desires to partake of and be in this glory.
2 Corinthians 5:4–5 NKJV
For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
We are promised in the Word of God that we can go from glory to glory in our experience in the Lord. The changing power in the life of a believer is a result of ever increasing Glory
2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
In Exodus 33, God agrees to send His presence with them. As this request is granted, Moses then asked for something even greater. He asked to see the glory of God.
After the Lord agrees to send His Presence, Moses then asks for His glory. This was Moses desiring to go from glory to glory. The Presence of the Lord is one thing. The glory of God is another realm. I would call the glory realm the intensified Presence of the Lord. The Presence of the Lord is that which accompanies us as believers. It is His closeness that affirms us and grants us confidence and assurance. This was the Presence that set the nation of Israel apart from other people.
His Presence with them gave them a confidence to request and ask of Him and get answers. His Presence also produced a rest. God promised Moses that His Presence would go with them and He would give them this rest. This means they would have a boldness to believe that He would fight for them and stand with them in any and every conflict and need. They could be confident that they were not alone. The very Presence of God would be close to them. These and many other things are attributes of having God close. However, Moses asked for the glory. This was a next-level place of His Presence and nearness. Once someone has tasted the Presence of the Lord, it will make them yearn for the next places. This is what Moses desired. God promised him that He would allow him to see His glory.
When Moses asked to see the glory of God, the Lord declared that there were five things that were associated with the glory. The Lord told Moses My goodness will pass before you. He said He would reveal the name of the Lord. He said He would be gracious to whom He would be gracious. He declared He would have compassion on whom He would have compassion. He implied that out of the glory Moses would find direction and guidance.
These five dimensions of God are part of His glory. His goodness, graciousness, name, compassion, and direction all stem from and are a piece of the glory of God as He is revealed. This is not all that the glory of God is, but this is what God told Moses He would unveil for him as His glory passed by. We will look at each of these in the next five chapters. They will give us at least a glimpse into what we can expect as we see the glory of God.

God's goodness

Our pursuit helped us get focused on what brought the majesty and glory of God into the midst of the people. When we start focusing on what brough the Glory of God among the people, you discovered that preaching , teaching and saying the right things is essential to experiencing and witnessing God’s glory. We see this in the temple that Solomon built. When the temple was finished and the dedication was underway, as they proclaimed the goodness of God, the glory of God came.
2 Chronicles 5:13–14 (NKJV)
indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,”
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud,
so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

God's Name

The revelation of the Name of the Lord therefore is a part of the glory of the Lord. When we speak of the Name of the Lord, we are talking about the nature, character, and personhood of God. We are speaking of who He is and the way He does things. When we know God and do not just know about Him, we have made a major transition. This is why Paul’s cry was to know Him.
Philippians 3:10–11 NKJV
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
John 17:3 NKJV
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

God's Graciousness

The word gracious comes from the Greek word ""chanan. It means to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior. This is a great understanding and description of grace. The grace that Jesus brought comes from the gracious character of God that bends and stoops to us who are inferior.
Psalm 113:5–9 NKJV
Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth? He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap, That He may seat him with princes— With the princes of His people. He grants the barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord!

God's Compassion

Matthew 9:36 NKJV
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
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