Experiencing God’s Glory In His Name| Exodus 33-34
When Moses asked God to show him his glory, God basically said “No, it would kill you right now because you’re too sinful. But I’ll do the next best thing. I’ll proclaim to you my name.” This side of our coming resurrection, the closest thing we have to seeing God’s glory is to understand his name. When God wants to give his people a name that best captures who he is in a way we can most understand the infinite, he says I AM the I AM, HE IS is my name forever” (Exodus 3:14-15). Understanding God’s name will empower us to live in his glory more and more until the day we’re able to see it for ourselves with resurrection eyes.
This is the second of a three-episode look into what God says about his name in the Old Testament book of Exodus. (Listen at 1.5 speed for a better experience.)
There are two ways the word Lord appears in your English Old Testament:
1. “Lord” — Lord
This an English translation of the Hebrew Title Adonai (Lord). Ruler. Master. Owner. King.
2. “Lord” — YHWH — Yahweh
This an English translation of the Hebrew name for God — YHWH — which most biblical scholars pronounce YAHWEH.
When Moses first meets God in the burning bush, Moses asks God his name, and God answers…
Exodus 3:14–15 NIV
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.”
Exodus 33:18–20 NIV
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 19 And the LORD said, “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. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
Exodus 34:5–8 NIV
Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.
Romans 3:23 NIV
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
John 17:24 NIV
Father, I want those (also believe through their message) you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory.
Revelation 21:10–11 NIV
…Coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God.
Ps 16:11 – “In your presence fullness of joy” forever.
Romans 5:2 ESV
...We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 8:18 NIV
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
1 John 3:2–3 NIV
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. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
And we all, who … contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
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