Scripture Reading: Exodus 33:17–23
A. When Moses asked to see God’s glory, the LORD showed him some manifestation of the divine presence.
B. In the years that followed, God continued to show His presence among His people, and He still does today.
I. God showed His presence among Israel in many ways.
A. He showed it in the wilderness (Exodus 13:18, 21; 16:7–15).
B. He showed it on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:16–19; 34:29–35).
C. He showed it in the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34–35; Leviticus 9:23–24).
D. He showed it in the temple (2 Chronicles 7:1–3).
II. God’s glory is personified in Jesus Christ.
A. The Scriptures reveal Jesus as the everlasting glory of God (Revelation 21:22–23; Hebrews 1:2–3; 2 Corinthians 4:6; John 1:14).
B. The Old Testament prophets saw and spoke of Jesus’ glory (Zechariah 6:12–13; John 12:41; 1 Peter 1:11).
C. There was glory in His birth (Luke 2:9, 32) and even in His death (Galatians 6:14).
III. God has at last revealed His glorious presence in the church.
A. God ushered the church into existence with great power (Mark 9:1; Acts 1:8; 2:4).
B. A more glorious law was given at Pentecost (2 Corinthians 3).
C. Soon after this, God’s glory appeared to the Gentiles (Isaiah 40:5; 62:2; 66:18; Acts 2:39; 11:26).
D. A more glorious temple was built on this occasion (Haggai 2:6–9; 1 Peter 2:5; Ephesians 5:25–27; Hebrews 12:18–24).
A. If you want God’s glorious presence in your life, you need His church.
B. If we are faithful, there is greater glory awaiting us (Romans 8:17–18).