Sermon Quotes: "Simply Spectacular"

“Is there a grander and yet more overlooked biblical theme than the glory of God? God’s glory appears in every major part of the Bible and affects every major doctrine. It is also notoriously hard to define. In general, God’s glory is the magnificence, loveliness, beauty and grandeur of his perfections. Sometimes, the glory of God designates God himself. More often, glory communicates God’s special presence, as in the pillars of cloud and of fire or the glory that filled the tabernacle…The biblical story is, in large part, the drama of God’s glory…” Christopher Morgan

“We get a long-distance view of God’s presence from the perspective of the people at the foot of the mountain…an enveloping cloud, flashes of fiery effulgence from within it. Even such distant glimpses of the deity must be qualified by the simile-‘like a devouring fire.” The terrifying gap between Moses and the people is beautifully registered. They see pulses of the consuming fire from within the cloud; on the mountaintop, Moses actually enters into the cloud.” Robert Alter

“On Sinai, while Moses did indeed enter the divine presence, he never did so without invitation, and in 24:15-16 he even waited six days to be called. The Lord is sovereignly in charge of his own front door. He makes what arrangements he chooses as the conditions of entrance…Once more Moses must await the divine invitation. This time, however, it takes virtually the whole book of Leviticus to spell out the conditions for this to happen-the way of the shed blood and the life of the innocent being laid down in place of the guilty.” Alec Motyer

“The supreme instance of God becoming visible is found in Christ. God makes himself known supremely in Christ.” Vern Poythress

“Peter thinks that Jesus is being elevated to their great stature, the stature of the mediator of the Sinai covenant and of the first of the great biblical prophets. He is utterly mistaken.” Don Carson

“Unlike at Mt. Sinai, the heavenly voice at the transfiguration does not continue to speak, and does not deliver an extended message, parallel to the Ten Commandments at Sinai. Instead, the voice directs the disciples attention to Jesus and his speech: ‘listen to him.’ So the words of Jesus are the voice of God, not merely the voice of Moses, His exalted status goes together with his title, ‘my beloved Son.’ So his appearance in brightness is a more intensive manifestation of what he always is: he is God. His appearance on earth is the final theophany.” Vern Poythress