January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017

EXODUS 19-21

Focus Verse: “On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up”

Exodus 19:16-20

I just love this description. Could you even stand in the presence of something like this? I know that I would be on my face from the first thunderclap. I think we need more scenes like these in our lives though. More experiences in our lives that make God’s power and might real to us.

I’ve written about this before, but there is something very significant that happens when the glory of God falls. While it isn’t used here, it is significant to note that the Hebrew word used for “glory” is “kebowd” which finds its root in the word “kabad” which is translated “weight”.

Why is this significant? Because the glory of the Lord has weight to it. In science there is something called displacement. Two objects that have mass, or weight, can’t occupy the same space. We know this. And which one wins? The one that has more mass or weight.

I have a friend, Tim, who is bigger than me. If he wants to stand where I happen to be standing, he can push me out of the way and I have to move. Displacement.

The same thing happens when the glory of God falls though, and we would be wise to recognize this if we ever want to see His glory fall (this is kind of a trick statement though). Every time we read about the glory of God coming to earth in the Bible, it is accompanied by an earthquake. When an object with a greater mass, or glory, than anything else in this universe (because it was His hands that created this universe) comes, the whole earth trembles and gets out of His way. Displacement.

Here’s the kicker. There is one time that this didn’t happen. The glory of the Lord fell and no one noticed. Well, a few people noticed, but nothing like what we read about here.

When Jesus Christ was born, the gospel of John tells us in 1:13 that “the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us…” The Greek word used for dwelling here could be translated “tabernacled”, immediately bringing up images of the glory of the Lord filling up the Old Testament tabernacles. John could have used a number of other words to portray dwelling, but he chose this one. John then continues, “We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The glory of the Lord fell, but there was no earthquake. It fell silently. It fell in a stable full of animals. Not among kings and priests. Not among people who deserved it. But the glory of the Lord came in a baby, born in filth among sinners. This glory would shake the earth, but in a reversal this time, Jesus shook the earth with his glory 30 years later when He breathed His last breath on the cross.

The Son of God gave up His glory in order to allow us to inherit it. We HAVE seen the glory of God. We HAVE the same Spirit living in us! An earthquaking Spirit.

What are we waiting for? Let’s go move mountains!

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