This is one of the most remarkable passages in all the Bible ever written. Moses says, “Please, let me see Your glory,” Can you imagine? If you were God, what would you show Moses?
Thunder and lightning? • Bursting fireballs and exploding stars? • Vast galaxies? • Pillar of Fire?
Exodus 33:19 He said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim the name Yahweh before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
The most glorious thing about God is not His power, not His might, not His majesty, not His strength; yes, these are remarkably glorious! Yet, the most glorious thing about God is how good He is.
Moses says, “Please, let me see Your glory,” and the Lord said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you.” We must know that God’s glory is His goodness! God is saying, “It is all My kindness, all My love, all My mercy, all My compassion, and that points to My glory.”
Moses didn’t ask for fame or fortune, he asked to see the glory of God.
What was the result? His face shone brightly. His face was gleaming with a shimmering and brilliant radiance.
The children of Israel saw God’s glory in Moses’ face. They did not see anger, or worry, or a scowl. They did not see complacency, or boredom, or a wide-mouthed yawn.
It did not matter what difficulties Moses would face going forward. It did not matter that Moses would face hungry, thirsty, complaining, and bickering Hebrews. Moses had what he needed – a glimpse of God’s glory. You and I need what Moses needed – a glimpse of God’s glory.