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The Theme of the Bible – God’s Glory Defined (part 2)

Last week we took a look at the Theme of the Bible, to fill the earth with God’s glory. This week we continue in the series by seeing how God’s word defines what His glory is.

Moses helps with defining the glory of the LORD, because he asked God to show him His glory. God’s definition is expressed in Exodus 33 and 34.
Exodus 33:18,19 “And he (Moses) said, I beseech thee (God) shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee, and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.”

God declares His name and his ‘goodness’ in the next chapter.

Exodus 34:5-7 “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, the LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”

So we see that God’s glory is revealed in His Name being declared and His character being reflected in the children of men. His character being:

  • Merciful
  • Gracious
  • Longsuffering
  • Abundant in goodness
  • And truth.

And because of this character He forgives iniquity, transgression and sin on the basis of His righteous principles, as He said, He will by no means clear the guilty.

Next week we’ll take a look at how God’s glory was revealed in the New Testament.

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