“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.” – Hebrews 1:3
For thousands of years, God’s glory has been compared to brightness and light. “Out of the brightness of His presence, clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.” (Psalm 18:12) “Out of the brightness of His presence, bolts of lightning blazed forth.” (2 Samuel 22:13)
“Will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light — pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?” (Amos 5:20) When the Lord returns, the world will be in a stark contrast to His brilliant, shining glory.
When the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, “the glory of the Lord rose from above the cherubim…and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord.” (Ezekiel 10:4) At the time of Jesus Christ’s birth, “an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” (Luke 2:9)
In Exodus and Numbers, the account of Moses’ experience with just the back of God’s glory is incredible! Moses’ face even glowed so much in just reflecting this experience that he had to cover his face because it hurt the people to even look at him. Now, that’s some crazy brightness!