The Knowledge of the Glory of the Lord!
The Knowledge of the Glory of the Lord!
How often I’ve quoted Habakkuk 2:14, and never fully understood the full implication of that Scripture for Christ’s Church. The Old Testament prophet looked ahead to the day when the whole earth would not just be filled with the glory of the Lord, but filled with the KNOWLEDGE of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. As the waters cover the sea is very significant, because how do the waters cover the sea? The waters cover the sea completely, that’s how. The reality that I want to point out is that the earth is already filled with the glory of the Lord (Is. 6:3; Ps. 33:5; 119:63). Then our responsibility as the Church, His body, is that the earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.
God’s original plan for Israel, His chosen people, His world within the world, was to be the instrument to carry out His plan to fill the earth with the knowledge of His glory, but Moses and Israel weren’t able, in the flesh, to accomplish it. God spoke to Moses in Num. 14:21, concerning Israel’s failure as a nation to keep His covenant, and even pardoned them according to Moses’ word. Then He went on to say, “but truly, as I live all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord,” this was God’s intention from the beginning, and He had a plan to see it fulfilled. Before Moses and the children of Israel, God’s plan was for the first Adam to fill the earth with godly seed, when Adam failed God raised up Noah, a righteous man. Later, after the flood, God gave Noah the same commission He had given Adam in the garden. All failed, but Jesus and His Church will not fail. Jesus through His Church, His body over which He is the Head, will establish the Kingdom presence of God in the earth realm, until all the earth is filled with His righteousness, peace, and joy. Through a victorious Church the earth will be filled with the knowledge of His glory. Eph. 4:10; “He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.” Note in this verse He ascended in order to fill the earth, not someday later He will descend in order to do it. How does Jesus fill the earth? With His body, of which he is the head, the fullness of Him who fills everything, everywhere with Himself (Eph. 1:22-23, Amp. Bible). Then our job is to fill the earth, disciple the nations, that they may see and know the goodness, the glory of God.
Perhaps it’s time for us to consider just what is the glory of God? As a new believers Kazuko, my wife, and I were taught the glory was the cloud of God’s presence when it fills a room, or meeting hall. The Old Testament type best known by all is when the glory filled Solomon’s temple that he had just dedicated (2 Chron. 7:1-3). I remember stories of how, in the early fifties, in a little Assembly of God Church in Chickasha, OK the glory would appear over the outside of the building during their worship. On one occasion the fire department was called to put out the fire that was thought to be burning. Although that is one way to understand the glory, there is another way also to see God’s glory defined. Let’s look at Exodus 33:18, where Moses had just asked the Lord to show him His glory. The Lord’s reply will certainly shed some insight on the glory. He told Moses, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you.” Remember Moses had asked the Lord to show him His glory, and what did the Lord say would pass before him? His goodness. Here God equates His goodness with His glory. “He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Ps. 33: 5).
With that thought in mind how then do we His Church fill the earth with the ‘Knowledge of the glory of the Lord,’ when most of us still think the glory is found only in the ‘Cloud of His Presence’ that comes when we have a really anointed worship service, or some anointed apostle or prophet comes to town? I remember how we felt especially blessed when we got Pentecostal goose bumps. We thought that the glory had arrived, but there is so much more than just an experience when it comes to the glory of the Lord.
God’s glory is established in the earth realm as His people those who are called by His name, “bear much fruit” (Jn. 15:8). What did Jesus tell Martha when He was standing outside the tomb of Lazarus? Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God.” Every miracle Jesus performed was to give glory to the Father, and in doing so reveal to the people of Israel the KNOWLEDGE of the glory of the Lord. Jesus taught in Matt. 5:13-16, that the people of God are to be ‘salt and light.’ That we are to let our light so shine before men, “that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Maybe just maybe, instead of so many prophetic and apostolic conferences on how to be, or become an apostolic or a prophetic Church, we should have ‘Salt and Light Conferences’ on how to actually become the people of God. Oooops, sorry about that! But so much of the time as Pentecostal, Charismatic type people we neglect the practical hands on ministry to the poor, or those in the rest homes, and hospitals. After all we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
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Jerry & Kazuko Sorrow