“And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.” Exodus 24:17 (KJV)
Moses had gone up on the mountain and Joshua had gone part of the way with Him. Moses alone had gone into the cloud of God’s glorious presence. It was here that Moses would receive instruction for the pattern of the ark of the covenant, all the furniture of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle itself with its “wall” around it.
I have asked for years within my own heart and mind, “What is the glory of GOD?” I do not know that I have received a clear answer or not; but one that gives me peace is that it is the fullness of God.
While Moses and Joshua were gone all the people could see was this cloud with fire and smoke. It seemed to be a “devouring fire” to them. We have record that Moses went into it; and Moses alone was allowed to do so. Except for the covering of God’s hand Moses would perish. For anyone approaching God without that protecting hand they will perish.
God has provided us a covering for entering into His presence by His Son Jesus. The writer of Hebrews has written,
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…” Hebrews 1:1-3 (KJV)
Notice, if you will, who is the “brightness of His glory”. It is also written that Jesus is the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). When we see Jesus; when we come to Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we are coming to and into the glory and glorious presence of GOD.