...the Glory of YHVH
Part Two: the Glory in His Name
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the Glory of YHVH appeared in the cloud." Exodus 16:10
"Now the Glory of YHVH rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud." Exodus 24:16
"Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the Glory of YHVH filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the Glory of YHVH filled the tabernacle." Exodus 40:34-35
"And YHVH descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name of YHVH. And YHVH passed by before him, and proclaimed, 'YHVH, YHVH Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation'." Exodus 34:5-7
Many speak of YHVH's Glory in apocalyptic terms, associating it with funnels of fire, earthquakes and dramatic movements of time and space when actually, as we see from the passages above, His Glory is revealed in a cloud. The Hebrew term Shechinah (as in the Shechinah Glory of Elohim) while not explicitly found in Scripture, is derived from the Hebrew verb shakan (click on highlighted words to view content) which is used frequently in the Hebrew Tanakh (OT) to mean, literally, "to settle down, inhabit, dwell or rest". It is used to designate the visibility of YHVH's Presence. When YHVH led Israel out of ancient Egypt, He went before them "in a pillar of a cloud" (Exodus 13:21). This was the visible symbol of His Presence among His People. The Talmudic Sages conceived of the Shechinah as a spiritual essence of indescribable beauty and exalting effect. It was generally spoken of as brilliant light or radiance. According to this Jewish tradition the radiance of the Shechinah, with its untold blessings, "rests" among those who call upon His Name. To be in His Shechinah Presence is to have rest and a joy that comes with that rest (Exodus 33:14, Psalm 16:11). In Exodus 33:18 Moses asked YHVH to "show me your Glory" - and He did!! In v19 it says, "I will make all My Goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the Name of YHVH before you." Here, we see the Name of YHVH IS His Glory (v22), they are interchangeable - to speak of one is to speak of the other. His Glory is His Goodness. His Name is Goodness. It is said of Yeshua in Acts 10:38 that He went about doing Good, manifesting YHVH's Glory. YHVH's Goodness is an indication that we are in His Presence, hence - a cloud of Glory. But a cloud is not something you can capture. It is only something, like the wind, that you can detect because of what its effects are.
The verse in Exodus 34 above tells us the Name of YHVH - "goodness, mercy, grace, long-suffering, forgiveness" and, most of all, "Truth". All of these attributes comprise His Name - all at the same time. This is His Glory - clearly defined. It is in the lifting up, the elevation of these attributes, the Essence of Who He Is manifested in our life that we call upon, or embrace, His Name and, thus, come into His Presence. It is through this embrace with our life of His Glory, His Name and all that it entails that His Presence envelopes us as a cloud - and gives us rest (Matthew 11:29). The English word "Glory" used in Exodus 33:18 is translated from the Hebrew word kabowd (pronounced kavode) which has its origination in a similar word, kabad (pronounced kavad) and means to be heavy or weighty, to be honorable or glorious. Since the "weight" of this splendor comes from being in the Presence of His Glory - all anyone can do is to bow down, to bend the knee at the majesty of His Excellence and, thus, it becomes an acknowledgment of the nobility of His Essence. This is what immediately happened with Moses after YHVH passed before him - he bowed down and worshipped this Glory. He could not help himself, so weighty was the radiance, the brilliance of His Presence. The same thing happened when His Presence filled the tabernacle - the congregation had to bow down from the weight of the magnificence of what was before them. This Hebrew word, kabad (2), is also shown to mean "liver" - the heaviest organ in the body. The function of the liver in the body is to cleanse the blood of impurities. As we embrace His Name in receiving ruach hakodesh (Hebrew for the spirit of holiness), we are embracing the Essence of Truth. His Essence then comes to rest in, settles in, and revitalizes the liver. The Essence of the Source of Life becomes a part of our body to cleanse our blood. The liver is also the only organ in the body with the power to regenerate itself.
Yeshua said that He had glorified His Father on the earth because He "manifested His Name" to the twelve men the Father had given Him (John 17:4-12) and He "kept" them in His Name in that He didn't lose one of them (v12). He manifested the Life of the Glory of the Father before them. He kept them in the Glory of His Name by manifesting the Nature, the Character and the Essence of the Father in the Life He led before them that they could see. To embrace the Life Yeshua exampled is to manifest the attributes of the Father in the same manner as He manifested them by His Life. This is what He meant when He said when you see Him - you are seeing the Father (John 14:9). If we are to embrace Yeshua, it can only be in the Way He embraced the Father (John 12:26, see what it means To Believe). In our embrace of the Father, as Yeshua embraced the Father, we become as He is - He is "seen" in us the same way Yeshua said His Father was "seen" in Him (1John 4:17). The Life Yeshua led and entreated us to follow was not some esoteric, ethereal affair only realized after death - it is a down-to-earth, in this earth reality that, once attained, we carry with us (as He did) and our Purpose then becomes to bring that Life into this earthly realm (2Thessalonians 1:9-12). The Life of the Flesh is in His Blood (Leviticus 17:14, John 6:53-54). and the Virtue, the Glory of His Life, lived in the manner of the Flesh He lived, cleanses the Blood - it keeps it pure. As we embrace and appropriate the Virtue of His Life as our own, that Blood of His literally begins to course through our veins to make us clean and we are regenerated. (Romans 8:11).
|"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23|
If you look at the wording of Exodus 34:7 above used in describing YHVH's Name, His Glory, you find them listed again in Galatians 5:22-23 and described as the "fruit of the Spirit" - singular, meaning "one fruit" or "One Name". They are called the "fruit", singular, of YHVH's Spirit because they are like a singular diamond which has many facets but remains a single entity. Too often these attributes tend to be confused with feelings. When you look at the fruit of the Spirit described in the simplicity they are presented, the first three do have some associative feeling most of us can relate to. But, if you look at the rest, there is no feeling or emotion that can be associated with them whatsoever. I have never "felt" longsuffering. Longsuffering (or patience) is not something you "feel", it is something you "do" - suffering, or enduring for a long while. Faithfulness is just that - BEING faithful whilst in the middle of adverse circumstances that would strain the credibility of His Goodness. Self-control is something you just "exercise." If we realize that love, joy and peace are just as much "do" actions as the rest, we see that these all are simply choices we make in the middle of whatever circumstances are presented us - and they are not called "fruit" of the Spirit by happenstance, either. YHVH once asked me had I ever seen fruit trees eat their own fruit? A fruit tree does not grow fruit for its own benefit or consumption. It grows fruit for the benefit of others passing by to partake of and be blessed by. The scriptural definition of "love" is found in 1John 3:16. Love is what is given to another of the brethren (not the world) at cost to myself. Love is a choice we make in the middle of circumstances that exude hate or loneliness or despair. We don't "do" love in those instances because we are motivated by a feeling, we "do" love because that is the expression, the manifestation of His Name, of Who He Is we have embraced and now abides within us as a part of us. If feeling comes, that's wonderful - but our initial motivation should be from a standpoint of believing that if we call upon His Name by exercising His Attributes in the midst of whatever circumstances we are in, regardless of what we feel, His Presence will manifest. Yeshua said if we ask anything in His Name, it will be done for us. Too many times we ask because of our wants instead of BEing IN His Name, His Nature expressed by these attributes, and don't understand why it is not done as He promised (James 4:3. see Prayer and Healing).
|"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with YHVH through our Lord Yeshua, the Messiah: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the Glory of YHVH. And not only so, but we Glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; And patience works experience and experience works hope: And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of YHVH is shed abroad in our hearts by His Spirit, which is given unto us." Romans 5:1-5|
"Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? YHVH strong and mighty, YHVH mighty in battle."|
How is YHVH mighty in battle? 2Chronicles 20 gives us a glimpse into the type of warfare He engages in. It provides us with a different perspective on what we would normally consider Warfare to be. Here, the battleground was in Ziz, which comes from the Hebrew root word tsiyts (pronounced tsets) and is also the same Hebrew word given to the shining plate of gold the high priests wear on their foreheads. It was these priests and singers that were the warriors sent out before the army in verse 21. The English word translated as "praise" in the Hebrew is halal and means to shine forth brilliantly. This is how we engage in warfare - to simply believe that He is Good; no matter what we see, no matter what we hear, no matter what we feel, no matter what we think and then to manifest His Name, becoming Light in the circumstance. This is how we enter into His Presence. This is how we bring the force of His Glory into this earthly realm for others to see. If we are BEing "In His Name" we can ask whatever we will and it will be done for us because we are not asking to consume it upon ourselves. Our weapons are not physical and the battleground is in our mind - the warfare is over whether we believe YHVH is Good regardless of the circumstance that confronts us. (2Corinthians 10:4-6). It is over whether we are to believe in His Goodness, Who His Name Is, in the middle of overwhelming circumstance - or not (see Authority). Were that assembly of Israelites in Chronicles to have picked up a sword and gone swinging into the middle of the enemy confronting them, they would have been conquered because they were outnumbered. Ephesians 5:8-10 tells us that the fruit of the Spirit is IN all goodness and righteousness and truth AND it is associated with being "children of the Light".
Part One: What's In A Name?
Part Two: the Glory in His Name
Part Three: Abiding In His Name
Part Four: The Power In His Name
Part Five: Who Is The Word?
|"if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard...the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Yeshua in you, the Hope of Glory." Colossians 1:23-27|
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