The Majesty and Glory of God
"Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it. And the glory of the Lord settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from inside the cloud." Exodus 24:15-16
Like winter’s first snow blanketing the dying grass before spring’s revival, so the cloud shrouded Mount Sinai in God’s glory for six days before revealing all the majesty that is our Lord. On the seventh day, when God called to Moses from inside the cloud, Moses disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mountain to commune with our Lord. To the people below, God’s presence on the summit looked like a consuming fire.
Isaiah 29:6 says, “I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, will act for you with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with whirlwind and storm and consuming fire."
It is an awesome, powerful love God has for us that acts with such passion, and calls to Moses from within the cloud to dwell with Him for forty days and nights. The number forty is significant, as it indicates a period of testing and trial, for example, forty days and nights of rain for Noah and the ark, forty years of wandering for Israel, forty days of testing for Jesus in the wilderness, forty days the spies investigated the Promised Land, and forty days Jonah warned Nineveh to repent.
I find it beautiful that at the end of each of these periods of forty, the majesty and glory of our God is revealed as never before.
Have you experienced the passion and the power of God in your own life? I have, and it brings me to tears just to recall His goodness in my life this very week.
1 Chronicles 29:11 sums it up best when it says, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.”