Summary of passage: Isaiah as the Lord’s messenger calls the people to prepare the way for the Lord by raising up the valleys, leveling mountains, smoothing out the rough ground so the road is straight so the glory of the Lord can be revealed and all mankind can see it.
5) To prepare the way for the Lord and remove every obstacle in His path (raise up the valleys, level mountains, smooth out rough roads so they are straight) so the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all mankind will see it. Prepare our hearts as well for Him.
6) Both John the Baptist and John were baptizing people in these passages, the ultimate sign of accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior. So, they were preparing the people (their hearts, minds, and souls) for Jesus’ coming. John the Baptist wore clothes made from camel hair and ate locusts. We all must prepare for God in mind, body, and soul.
7a) Exodus 24:17 a consuming fire on top of the mountain
Luke 2:9 an angel
Matthew 17:1-8 Jesus was transfigured. His face shone like the Sun and his clothes were white
Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory
b) 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 Verse 18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
If we accept Jesus, we are the glory of the Lord. We see God’s glory all around us as we live out His words.
Conclusions: I love how BSF takes a topic (here, the Glory of God) and makes us really think about it where as otherwise it just passes through our minds like any other words spoken.
I looked up glory in the dictionary and got a myriad of responses: giving someone glory (praise, honor, or worship); a distinguished quality or asset; great beauty, magnificence; the splendor and beatific happiness of heaven.
As we’ve learned, no mortal can look fully on God because of his glory. Moses only saw his back. Isaiah saw the Lord on His throne with seraphs flying around Him, praising Him. God hovered in clouds above the people.
Then, God sent His son, Jesus, who if you think about it was the glory of God incarnate, walking amongst us and throngs of people wanted a touch of just his clothing. Then Jesus was transfigured by God with divine radiance.
I quoted 2 Corinthians 3 where we all reflect God’s glory since we are part of God’s creations. People believe you can see God’s glory in Nature all around us. The wonderment of how it all works around us and we have no control of it. God’s glory in the Heavens, the stars, the moon, the Sun. Everywhere you look really. Since God created it all (for his pleasure and perhaps for his glory) you can say the glory of God is all around us.
I like to believe we all carry a bit of God in us–in our very souls–the part that makes us good instead of falling into our inherent tendencies of evil. So, we are God’s glory. He takes pleasure in us in that sense.
Nature too is an absolute miracle and when you’re watching a sunrise over the Pacific Ocean or examining the perfect uniqueness of a snowflake, who can’t help but think it’s all God’s glory?
I’d love to hear your opinions on the glory of God, where He dwells, and how it can be seen.