Isaiah 40:3-11… “Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, ‘Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The LORD has spoken!’ A voice said, ‘Shout!’ I asked, ‘What should I shout?’ ‘Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD. And so it is with people. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.’ O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, ‘Your God is coming!’ Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes. He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young” (NLT).
Luke quotes from this passage in Luke 3:4-6 and he says in verse 6, “Then all people will see the salvation sent from God” (NLT). The glory of the Lord is connected with the salvation that God brings.
At the end of last year, the Holy Spirit put a song in my heart. While in a dream, I was listening to an old preacher (me) talking about revival and the salvation that God brings. The preacher kept repeating, “When the glory came down, the people shouted. Folks,” he said, “the revival has begun.” When the glory came down, the people shouted, healing anointing flowed, religious demons fled, and people repented, forgave, and were forgiven. The preacher said, “We are in revival. When the glory came down, the people shouted.” He said, “It’s time for some preaching.” He chose a verse here and one from there and added a few more. People turned from sin, were delivered from destructive habits, and confessed their faults when the glory came down. The preacher said, “The revival continues.” But the elders rose up and gathered together and said, “Stop that; it’s not what we believe,” and they opposed the glory of God. The old preacher said, his voice fading, “The glory (revival) has departed.” My mind went to Ezekiel 8-11 where Ezekiel describes the departure of the glory of God. Note in 8:4, “And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain” (KJV); and the deeds of the seventy elders (vv. 11-18). Note in 10:4-18, Ezekiel describes a series of abominations that were in the temple. The will of God was not being done. After the “glory” departed in 11:23, He speaks about holiness and affirms that, “This is the law of the house” (43:12). You can’t get the “glory” outside of God’s pattern. Note Ezekiel 44, where Ezekiel describes the true ministry in God’s presence. “Are you serving the work or are you serving the Lord?” The word “glory” means “to be heavy or weighty and important” and leaves us with the proper of view of God and who He is. The Scriptures instruct us what to do. Take time to read it; 1 Chronicles 16:23-31 is a good place to start.
Pastor George Belobaba
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