Exodus 33:15-19 – Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”17 So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Many of us believe that God’s glory is a cloud or some sort of physical manifestation that has enters our physical atmosphere. I believe that’s true, but I also believe that God’s glory have many different dimensions as well. We can see in this passage that Moses asks to see God’s glory, but God answers Moses in a different mindset. God calls His glory “Goodness.” God said, “I will make my goodness pass before you.” You may ask, “What are you trying to convey?” What if God passed by Moses and was invisible, yet His “Goodness or Spirit,” was so great, it filled Moses’ spirit and body to the point of causing his eyes to open to the true reality and realm that Adam and Eve used to walk in while in the garden? He was suddenly able to see and understand the true world – the “Spirit.” After God’s in-filling of Goodness, Moses then was able to see the Lord’s back as He passed by. After this encounter, Moses later writes the book of Genesis. Because He had beheld the Lord’s back, he saw the making of creation, “Genesis,” or what God had done in the past. But Moses could not see the Lord’s face. In other words, He could not see at the time, what the Lord was about to do in the future, till later, on the mount of transfiguration.
I believe that the “Glory” that is coming is a bit like what happened to Moses. The “Goodness” of God is about to pass by those who are in the “cleft of the rock,” “in Christ,” and it is going to possess them in such away that their eyes are going to see the Lord as who He truly is. (This is also what happen to John in the book of Revelation.) When this awakening happens within, we will be able to see who Jesus truly is, understand our destiny from the beginning of creation, our present now, and into our future. I pray that God’s goodness will pass by us all so that we can awaken to who He truly is, so that we can be transformed into who we truly are meant to be. Come Goodness!