Bible Notes: Probation After Death

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Hebrew: Isaiah 40:5  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall seeit together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The glory of the LORD is an extensive tradition in both the Old and New Testaments. As with a number of words used to describe God, Hebrew k'boed has meanings ranging from the concrete to the metaphysical. It designates a body part, the liver, which was once a sacrificial offering. Associated qualities are physical heaviness on the one hand, and in this direction its meanings also include that which is severe, dull, hard, grevious, difficult. On the other hand, kabod was used for value and prestige, for things or people of great importance, influence, status. It thus includes the concept of great wealth, abundance, and in a moral sense, of honor, and in courtly settings, splendor. The commandment to honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12 ) uses the related verb, k'd¢d. When this word was then used to describe God, it signified the glory of God, which, unlike the changing beauty of nature and reputations of men, is imperishable, holy, and the very reality of his presence fills the earth.

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