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The Concealment of God and the Glory

11.08.2019, Daniel Glimm


Using the biblical passage from Proverbs 25:2, which states that it is God's honor to hide a thing, but it is the honor of kings to search out a thing, the Holy Spirit revealed to me the principle of access to the realm of God's mysteries.

Proverbs 25:2:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

The basic requirement for being able to search out the mysteries of God is that one has died oneself in Christ Jesus and no longer lives according to one's own ideas (see Galatians 2:20).

Galatians 2:20:
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

As a result, Jesus Christ dwells in you through His Holy Spirit, and His blood activates kingship and priesthood (Revelation 1:5-6).

Revelation 1:5-6:
… 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

This divine activation means that one stands in the position of the kingship of Christ to confidently stand before the throne of grace to reveal the mysteries of God (see Hebrews 4:16a).
 
Hebrews 4:16a:
16a Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, …
 
The addressees of these mysteries herein are people who have a pure heart and honor what God speaks (see Matthew 7:6).

Matthew 7:6:
6 Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

In order to enter into the realm of the mysteries of God, it is unavoidable to walk through the realm of the dark cloud like Moses. This requires and involves living in faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and moving in it constantly before God.

In addition, we should be aware that if we want to enter into the realm of the mysteries of God as a king in Christ, we should have already given ourselves to the training of the Holy Spirit. It is only in this that one matures to continue to walk in the understanding and in all circumstances under His guidance, because the path to the mysteries of God is connected with the uncertainty that implies our full trust and reverence for God.

It is only the Holy Spirit, in the form of revelatory truth, who leads into all truth (see John 14:16-17a).
 
John 14:16-17a:
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – 17a the Spirit of truth. …

And it is the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ Jesus (see Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7a i.c.w. Colossians 2:3).

Psalm 111:10:
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

Proverbs 1:7a:
7a The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, …

Colossians 2:3:
… 3 in whom (note: Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

God's Interest is to Hide Things

The Hebrew word for ‘glory’ used in Proverbs 25:2 is ‘kābôd’ and is related among other things to the ‘heavy glory/majesty of God’, which is why it is no coincidence that David describes in Psalm 18 how God creates darkness all around His tent and is hidden in thick black clouds. His son king Solomon also spoke of the presence of God in the darkness (see 1 Kings 8:12 i.c.w. Exodus 20:21). (note: The words written in italics are based on a word explanation from the Elberfelder Study Bible for the word ‘glory – kābôd’ with the word key number: 3593.)

Psalm 18:11:
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him – the dark rain clouds of the sky.

1 Kings 8:12:
12 Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud; …

Exodus 20:21:
21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

This makes it clear that it is in the interest of God to cover things that concern the depths of His being.

This is also the reason why Jesus Christ spoke to people in parables or riddles and forbade certain persons at certain times to reveal the truth about Him or His deeds (see Matthew 13:10-15 i.c.w. Mark 5:43; Mark 7:36; Mark 8:30).
 
Matthew 13:10-15:
10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.
13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah (see Isaiah 6:9-10): “ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
 
Mark 5:43:
43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
 
Mark 7:36:
36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.
 
Mark 8:30:
30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
 
The Two Powers of Glory and The Centering in the Glory of God

They are two forces of glory which, according to Proverbs 25:2, get active to turn things into mysteries and again to reveal these things at God's appointed time.

God's glory moves from top to bottom (note: in the form of concealment), whereby the glory of His sons on earth moves from bottom to top (note: in the form of exposure) in the kingship of Christ.

These two forces of glory and their movement can also be equated with the two cherubim of pure gold on the cover of the Ark of the Covenant and their wings stretched out upwards (note: as reflected in heaven also on earth; see Hebrews 8:5).

Hebrews 8:5:
5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle (see Exodus 25:40): “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

God's glory includes His heavy covering presence, which veils things that God considers His mysteries.

Therein to be able to touch this heavy glory of God, it is necessary to act as mature kings in the sonship of Christ, to know at what time one is authorized to use the power of glory assigned by God to reveal His mysteries or truth before the visible and invisible world (see Ephesians 3:8-10).

Ephesians 3:8-10:
8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, …

In this context, I would like to address the importance of centering in the glory of the being of God. It is necessary to obtain an accurate understanding of the order of the glory of God and to be able to act accordingly in this realm.

In this regard, I was reminded of the golden jar containing the manna, the two stone tablets described on both sides by the index finger of God, and the flourishing rod of Aaron, which Moses placed in the ark of the covenant as he was commanded by God (see Hebrews 9:4-5a).
 
Hebrews 9:4-5a:
… 4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.
5a Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. …
 
At that time, when God instructed Moses to keep the manna before or in the Ark of the Covenant, it had not yet been assembled. This means that the order over the glory of God and His throne of grace in this form wasn't yet established in the visible among the people of Israel, which is why the manna was in a golden jar for a certain period of time.
 
This vessel (note: golden jar => a round vessel) waited to come under the covering order of the glory of God (note: ark of the covenant => a rectangular vessel). In this context, the round form of the golden jar refers to the love relationship in Christ and the rectangular form of the ark of the covenant refers to the order or principle of the glory of God.
 
The ark of the covenant was made of acacia wood and covered with pure gold, while the atonement cover (note: mercy seat) was made of pure gold, from which two cherubim were carved, whose wings spread upwards, so that they covered the mercy seat in a representative manner and their faces being turned towards each other (see Exodus 25:10-21).
 
Exodus 25:10-21:
10 “Have them make an ark of acacia wood – two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.
11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it.
12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other.
13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.
14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it.
15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed.
16 Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you.
17 “Make an atonement cover of pure gold – two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.
18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.
19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends.
20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.
21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you.
 
The Manna and Christ
 
Jesus Christ is the bread/manna that came from heaven (see John 6:32-35a).
 
John 6:32-35a:
32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. …
The manna kept in the golden jar by Moses represents every person who received Jesus Christ in his life and follows Him unconditionally according to the biblical principles. It is the desire of the Heavenly Father that every saint is centered in Christ in the order of His glory and to govern as king in the eternal sonship.
 
God's order in relation to His glory is interwoven with the manna, the two tablets of stone and the flourishing rod of Aaron, which is an indication that as a believer one honors these three realms.
 
These are represented as following:
  1. the relationship in Christ Jesus,
  2. the life according to the standard of God's values,
  3. the life according to the understanding of apostolic guidance of God in oneself, which brings into the center of His glorious being linked to His order and His principles.
Therefore, if a person wants to bring forth the mysteries of God in maturity as a king, it is necessary to put aside one's own ideas about how God is or how He has to act, but rather to live in alignment to what it requires to live in Christ (see Galatians 2:20).
 
Galatians 2:20:
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
 
The Rectangular Chamber of the Ark of the Covenant
 
The dark rectangular chamber in the ark of the covenant means death and life in Christ, in order to act legitimately in faith as spirit beings in the realm of the throne of grace. As a result, the mysteries of God get revealed under the covering presence of His cherubim (note: means ‘glance appearance, flashes of lightning’ => glory => rectangular shadow created by the wings of the cherubim) by those who are there to manifest them to those whom the Lord reveals (see Hebrews 11:6).
 
Hebrews 11:6:
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
 
This revelation is like flashes of lightning coming out of the dark, heavy clouds, accompanied by hail corresponding to an eyeball which forms the basis for a new vision (see Psalm 18:12-13).
 
Psalm 18:12-13:
12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
 
The Substance of Faith and the Desire to See the Glory of God
 
Revealing the mystery of the weighty glory of God also implies that we bring the established substance of our faith into harmony with God's measure of glory. This process is like Moses putting the manna, the two tablets of stone, and Aaron's flourishing rod into the ark of the covenant at the respective times.
 
Moses had to lift up the pure golden cover plate of the Ark of the Covenant in order to be able to place the objects chosen by God in it. And only while Moses was doing this did he gain insight into the hidden realm of the God of Israel.
 
From 2 Chronicles 5:10 i.c.w. Hebrews 9:4-5a we can conclude that there must have been ‘someone’ besides Moses who also touched the presence of the glory of God, because only the two tablets of stone are reported there, which were still in the ark of the covenant.
 
2 Chronicles 5:10:
10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.
 
Hebrews 9:4-5a:
… 4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.
5a Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. …
 
When Jesus Christ lived on earth, he said ‘that from the days of John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.‘ (see Matthew 11:12)
 
Matthew 11:12:
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.
 
This ‘violence’ is not to be equated with evil violence, but with a yearning desire to see the glory of God in order to reveal the mysteries of God.
 
These are mature saints who, like this ‘someone’ from 2 Chronicles 5:10, as kings ‘violently took’ the golden jar with the manna and the flourishing rod of Aaron to speak of the higher quality of the relationship in Christ and the importance of the wisdom of apostolic guidance in the generations.
 
This rod flourished, sprouted branches, blossomed and carried almonds, indicating different degrees of maturity in the generations (see Numbers 17:8).
 
Numbers 17:8:
8 The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.
 
This access to these three areas and the forms of access to the mysteries of God is not just given to anyone without sacrifice. Making sacrifices and living only from the perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God leads us to a renewed thinking in divine servant hood, which the Holy Spirit works and refines in those who let Him. This humble attitude and subordination to the Heavenly Father brings forth the potential of true governmental authority to reflect God as King, as Jesus said (see John 14:9): ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm




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