And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. (Leviticus 9:23)
It must have been amazing to have witnessed the scene described in this verse. As to just what the “glory of the LORD” appeared to them as, we can only imagine that it was connected to the cloud that covered the tent of meeting. However, it must have been something beyond that because the “glory of the LORD” filled the Tabernacle while the cloud covered it. Whatever it was, when the people saw it they “shouted and fell on their faces” (Leviticus 9:24).
Like me, I’m sure you have heard people speak of the desire to see God’s glory — a sentiment that is quite understandable in one way. Yet, I’m not sure if any of us truly understand just what that means. In other words, to witness this would mean that the Presence of God was with us in greater measure, or in a more manifest way than ever before. Yet at the same time, I don’t think we would react to this in the way we might imagine. Let me put it this way: if we were to experience the glory in that measure, no one would be a casual onlooker; no one would have to convince us it was God’s glory. If we were to witness such a scene, no one would be able to stand — we would all be on our faces.
Still, as His people, we long to see His glory poured out upon the earth and, according to the prophets, we have a promise that one day He will do just that. One day all eyes will witness His glory and come to know that He alone is God and that there is no other. In that day, the darkness of this world will be pierced by the light of God’s glory and we, as His people, will be used to draw others to Him. As Isaiah said:
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)
Blessings and Shalom,