Show me your glory

Last Sunday the Old Testament passage continued an exploration of the fundamental question  “Is the Lord among us or not?”  This time the question is framed more personally, with Moses seeking an assurance of God’s character as he asks “Show me your glory.”  Moses is assured that he is “Known by name” but will be allowed a personal viewing, but not the Lord’s face (i.e. his full, presumably overwhelming, presence).

 

This passage raises significant theological issues for Christians as we rather outrageously proclaim that the face (character) of God has been seen by humankind in the person of the Word of God, Jesus of Nazareth.

 

St Paul reinforces this idea in a throwaway line at the end of the NT reading – “ … you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven …”

 

Meanwhile, the true image of God, Jesus, is exposing hypocrisy in those who question his authority. “Give to God what belongs to God!”  Jesus leaves us to wrestle in our own time and place with the full implications of this challenge.