The Glory of God Shone Brightly

Remember when Moses saw the glory of God? His face shone so brightly reflecting that glory that the Hebrews could not stand to see it. So they asked that Moses hide his face behind a veil.

The Glory of God was said to inhabit the Ark for years. At some point, evidently, the glory sort of faded away.

Solomon built a Temple so that the Glory of God could “rest”, that is inhabit, with the people. It was said that God’s Glory filled the Temple.

If there is one overarching theme to the Old Testament, it is that the people of God draw close to God and then abandon Him. This theme recurs often continuing over centuries.

Then with the destruction of the Temple by the Babylonians and the second major exile of the Jewish people, God’s Glory was withdrawn from the land. Even with the building of the second Temple, there is no talk of God coming to dwell in it. This temple was not built with God’s blessing and instruction.

The conclusion of that cycle of glory and disengagement ended when God decided to “build” His own Temple. He revealed His glory, not through a stone building, but through a human being–Jesus of Nazareth.

Paul even calls our own bodies temples of God’s Spirit. That was, and is, a pretty radical statement. No wonder the Jews at the time beat him and stoned him.

Even so, we celebrate the return of the Glory of God to Earth at this time of the year. We participated in a wonderful celebration of the Advent Sunday with music, story, sharing.

Merry Christmas.

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2 Responses to “The Glory of God Shone Brightly”

  1. Dale Ambos Says:

    We’ll said, Al. Nice to get in contact with you after so many years…a lifetime. I was blessed to go on a pilgrimage to Israel last month. What a blessing. I went with a group of over 300 people led by Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn (Author of The Harbinger). It was a 10-day trip. I lost my dear wife in April so I had time to go. I have thought of you over the years and the other Jackson kids. I plan to attend our 50th class reunion on May 30, so I’ll see you then.

    • Gary Mintchell Says:

      Hi Dale, nice to hear from you. I’ve been to Israel twice. Great experiences.

      I plan to be at the class reunion in May. We won’t say how many that is 😉

      For my other readers, I should explain “Al”. My dad named me for the title character of a Ring Lardner novel about a minor league baseball player–“You Know Me, Al”. That was my name in the village where I grew up. I always know it’s a Jackson Center person when they call me that. For the rest of the world, I’m Gary.

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