In this series we will look at the glorification of man, Jesus and believers. We will look at the glory of the forefathers in this lesson, then the glory of the Old and New Covenants. The two central scriptures to compare everything with is Jesus glorification on the Mount of Transfiguration.
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.Matthew 17:1-2, (Mark 9:1–13; Luke 9:27–36; 2 Pet. 1:16–18)
and the glorification of the believers in Christ.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.2 Corinthians 3:18
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are the forefathers. And then Joseph, the son of Jacob, received a different type of glory. The glory of the forefathers starts with the first forefather, Abraham.
2. Abraham Wealth: Glory of the First of the Forefathers
A. Abraham’s glory was related to physical riches:
Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.Genesis 13:2
The word rich used here is the root word for glory:
ḵâḇaḏ; כָּבֵד a primitive root; to be heavy, numerous, rich, honorable; to make weighty — abounding with, glorify, be (make) glorious (things), glory, (very) great, be (make) heavy,
B. Abraham’s glory came through blessing from God:
I will make you a great nation;Genesis 12:2
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3. Isaac’s Riches: Glory of the Second of the Forefathers
The glory of the second of the forefathers shows riches continues through again
A. Isaac’s Riches are not Defined as Glory
Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.Genesis 26:2-3
God promises Isaac is blessed because of God’s oath to bless Abraham. However God does not use the word glory here.
B. Isaac reaped riches in famine came from Abraham’s blessing
There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.Genesis 26:1,12
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.
Here is an important truth. Many times sons of pastors and other ministry gifts inherit what their father’s had, but do not use it for the glory of God. As a result they may not inherit the spiritual aspect of their father’s blessing, only the physical wealth. Any father will rejoice in their son’s financial prosperity, but if it is not balanced with spiritual prosperity (glory) there is a saddening of the father’s heart.
4. Jacob’s Wealth – Glory of the Third of the Forefathers
The glory of the last of the forefathers is determined as wealth.
A. Jacob’s glory is translated wealth
Jacob’s glory in Hebrew כָּבוֹד ḵâḇôḏ; rarely כָּבֹד kabod; weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness: — glorious(-ly), glory, honour.
Now Jacob heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, “Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s, and from what was our father’s he has acquired all this wealth.”Genesis 31:1
We learn an important truth here. Laban speaks here of people of this world. To them glory is wealth. We learnt that God blessed Abraham as the Father of faith and we know from Wealth 101 that God wants to bless us too, but our first desire must be to bring glory to God. Then God will pour in more glory AND wealth.
5. Joseph’s Greater Glory: Dominion AND Wealth
The three forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all had major personality flaws that caused them to give into temptation. We don’t SEE these flaws in Joseph, and as such he is more ‘Christ-like’ than the forefathers. You and I having victory over sin will likewise result in more dominion and glory.
A. Joseph is the first person in the New King James Version where the word glory is used.
So you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you shall hurry and bring my father down here.”Genesis 45:13
B. Joseph’s glory is that he had all the authority under the king in Egypt, which at that time meant most of the world.
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”Genesis 41:39-41
C. Joseph’s glory came upon him because he had the Spirit of God in him.
And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”Genesis 41:38
D. Joseph’s glory also meant financial wealth given to him by the world, which he could use to restore his family
And he sent to his father these things: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and food for his father for the journey.Genesis 45:23
Joseph’s glory is greater than Jacob’s glory. This is because Jacob’s glory was wealth alone, and Joseph’s glory was wealth plus authority.
- Jesus Christ’s glory at His transfiguration and then coronation is the benchmark for all other glory.
- All glory in the Old Testament must be looked at through the the lens of God’s will for His son and daughters to be glorified.
- The first time glory is used in the Old Testament relates to Abraham’s riches coming from the blessing of God.
- As glory progresses through the forefather’s it changes from riches to wealth and then starting at Joseph, a possessing of wealth, authority and responsibility.
- It is the same with us, yes God wants to bless us financially, but this is not the main intention of us growing from glory to glory, it is for us to grow in authority and dominion.
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