9 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. Exodus 24:9-18
My, my, my…the old folks would say “what a time, what a time, what a time.”
Beholding the glory of the Lord!
Certainly not in His fullness, but just a glimpse is enough to bring satisfaction. We know not in fullness because of the Lord’s response when Moses asked to see His glory in Exodus 33:
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.”
Now, I don’t know exactly know what Moses and company actually saw in verse 9, it does not tell us. But I do know it was sweet to their soul! God with us, in our midst! We can see a little of His magnificence simply by that the fact that “There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness (vs. 10).
We can realize a little of this experience by the fact that the Glory of God was so spectacular that its appearance “was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel (vs. 17).” Again, just a long distance glimpse. Give thought of how breath-taking it is to behold the beauty of the sun coming up or at sun set. What a blessing it is to just give thought to what it would be like to view “a devouring fire on top of a mountain” and know that no harm is taking place but rather it is God’s glory on display!
I am reminded that this is what the life of the believer is to do, give others a glimpse of the most wonderful and beautiful being, our Living and Holy God.
“everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One he loves.”
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
“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. 2 Corinthians 3:18
There is a day coming when our precious God will grace us with more than a glimpse. I am so looking forward to that day when we shall Him face to face. “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2).”
AND OH MY GOODNESS, HALLELUJAH! Jesus is coming and one can only imagine His spectacular brilliance and majesty as described below. He is coming…even so, come Lord Jesus!
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”
7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:1-7