So what is the story of God’s glory? What is the story of Revival? We have all, in the Body of Christ, been dead and born again or revived by the blood of the lamb. Still, even after we are born again the journey continues.
Salvation is just the beginning. It is indeed the first work of grace. Revival is just the end-result of God’s glory manifesting freely; it is the Holy Spirit truly taking over; it is men getting out of the way, doing only what God tells them to do by allowing God to be in charge.
Let’s take a short journey together as we open the pages of the story of God’s glory in His dealings with humanity. The Garden of Eden was filled with God’s glory; Adam and Eve walked closely with God in the cool of the day. Eden represents perfection. That perfection was lost after Adam and Eve sinned; in Genesis 3:23-24 we see this painful part of history recorded:
“…therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” NKJV
After this awful and tragic moment in our history, we see humanity going from bad to worst. Adam and Eve experience first hand a family tragedy that even today will shake the foundation of every man’s faith. They had one of their sons killed by his brother. That was just the beginning of a terrible journey.
Things got so bad that in less than 2,000 years from the time God created Adam, God was ready to end it all. Around 1,656 years after Adam’s history marked the beginning of the great flood. In Genesis 6:5-8 we see yet again another painful moment in our history:
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” NKJV
God’s glory was manifested in Noah’s heart, as he was the only one that “found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” With Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives, eight people in all, God started all over again. But the stage was preparing for another mighty and important man of God in our history; the one known as The Father of our Faith, Abraham.
If you make a short basic study and just count the genealogies, you will be able to discover that Noah and Abraham walked the earth together. Whether they knew each other or not, I don’t know, but they were alive during the same period; obviously Noah was much older.
With Abraham God started a new nation; the great nation of Israel. In Abraham’s life God deposited His blessing and manifested His glory. Through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph God made Himself know all over the known world.
After Joseph’s death we see that the Children of Israel enjoyed a long season of favor and peace that comes to an end drastically. The people of Israel were now slaves, until another great man of God shows up in the pages of Biblical history.