TWO WAYS OF RECEIVING THE DIVINE ENERGY OF THE GLORY OF GOD
(Psa 19:1-6) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth [Heb: manifests; fig. announces] his handiwork [in types and shadows forming patterns of heavenly reality]. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them [in His words, in the Bible] hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber [rising from the east], and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
1. declare = Heb: to score with a mark as a tally or record, i.e. (by impl.) to inscribe, and also to enumerate; to recount, i.e. celebrate:--commune, account, declare, number, reckon, scribe, shew forth, speak, talk, tell (out), writer.
2. Commentary: What then is “the glory of God?” Psalm 91:1 strongly suggests that the glory of God is the word of God that was first written in symbolic form (and still is written in a different symbolic form) upon the constellations of the stars (Job 9:9; 38:31; Amos 5:8), and perceived by mankind through the lens of the earliest form of science called “practical astronomy,” which was rapidly corrupted into astrology.
PLUGGING INTO THE ENERGY SOURCE OF THE GLORY OF GOD
(Mat 17:1,2) And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother [these three disciples comprising Jesus’ inner circle of confidants], and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart [from the other disciples and figuratively closer to God], And was transfigured [Gk: metamorphoo; transformed, changed] before them [as the example of what we are to become: like Moses in Exo 34:29-35; & 1 John 3:2]: and his face did shine [Gk: beam, i.e. radiate brilliancy: give light] as the sun [radiating the glory of God], and his raiment [Gk: garment, robe] was white as the light [Gk: (to shine); luminousness: fire][radiating the glory of God].
1. Commentary: the hottest type of fire is searing white, like the white of “his raiment.” The sun, picturing the glory of God, the Bible, generates life-giving light, overcoming and enlightening the darkness of this world. Jesus was transformed by the glory of God upon the mount of transfiguration as a consequence of His very real connection to the glory of God, a connection that He revealed only to the three disciples of His inner circle. As the battery of His body was being energized, charged up, through His connection to the glory of God, Jesus’ face shined like a super-brilliant flashlight, enlightening the surrounding darkness, because Jesus was connected to God, and we are connected to Him. “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Dan 12:3 & ref. Psalm 19:1)
THE TWO WAYS OF RECEIVING THE GLORY OF GOD
(John 20:29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me [visible proof], thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen [invisible proof], and yet have believed.
THE NORMAL WAY OF RECEIVING THE GLORY OF GOD (visible – logos)
(Mat 8:2,3) And, behold, there came a leper [leprosy is a biblical symbol of sin] and worshipped him [i.e., the leper believed in Jesus], saying, Lord [Gk: kurios; supreme in authority] [evidence of his belief], if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean [Gk: pure (whole)] [a supernatural act (and more evidence of his belief)]. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him [created a Holy connection to the glory of God, i.e., plugged the leper into the glory and the power (energy) of God], saying, I will; be thou clean [i.e., Holy, through an impartation of the glory and power of God]. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed [the result of being plugged in to the glory and power of God was forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation for the leper].
1. touch = Gk: to attach oneself to, i.e. to touch (in many implied relations):--touch.
2. Commentary: Glory begets glory, “after his kind” (Gen 1:11,12,21,24,25, etc.). John 1:14 describes the way Jesus “touches” us now with the glory of God, how He plugs us into or connects us into the glory of God. Jesus Christ is the word of God, and He is the glory of God. If you have access to a computerized Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and search the phrase “the glory of God,” it appears 16x and frequently conforms to… the word of God.
a. (John 1:14) And the Word [of God] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) [“after his kind”] full of grace and truth.
(Mat 14:34-36) And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole [Gk: saved thoroughly] [made Holy].
(Mat 19:13-15) Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer [allow] little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them [Jesus touched them, i.e., plugged them into the glory and power of God], and departed thence.
1. “little children” = Gk: a childling (of either sex), i.e. (prop.) an infant, or (by extens.) a half-grown boy or girl; fig. an immature Christian:--(little, young) child.
THE HIGHER WAY OF RECEIVING THE GLORY OF GOD (invisible - rhema)
(Mat 8:5-10) And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion [Gk: the captain of one hundred men] [a Gentile], beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy [Gk: “paralytic”], grievously tormented [Gk: tortured: pained, tossed, vexed]. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him [i.e., I will come and touch him]. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me [and I command them without touching them, but by the power of my word which is sustained (supported, backed up) by a higher authority]: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith [Gk: belief], no, not in Israel.
(Mat 15:21-28) Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan [a Gentile] came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David [three phrases manifesting her belief, her faith]; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil [her request]. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him [i.e., she believed in Jesus], saying, Lord, help me [evidence of that belief or faith]. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.