Bible Reading:Exodus 34:29-35
→The lights in the theater dim and a deep, mysterious voice booms ominously through the speakers. On the screen, a sequence of scenes quickly establishes the setting, introduces the main characters and teases about the plot. Of course, you are watching a preview for Hollywood‘s next block-buster flick.
→However, since the film’s producers want you to plop down the bucks to watch the entire movie, they give you only a sketchy outline to pique you interest. So the preview suggests a lot more than it shows. If a theatrical preview exists in the Bible, the episode about Moses‘ radiant face provides a great teaser. We catch a glimpse of God‘s glory, but the preview suggests alot more than it actually shows. Instead of detailed description, we only read that God’s glory made Moses’ face shine. Still, the effect was so powerful that it triggered fear in the Israelites, so much that Moses, had to cover his face.
→God provided another preview of His glory in the person and ministry of Jesus Christ and the new covenant He established. The Apostle Paul connects there two previews:
Now If the ministry that brought death which was engraved in letters on stone, so that Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of Its glory, transitory through it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?2 Corinthians 3:7-8.
→Amazingly, the full picture of God’s glory still lies ahead. Even more incredibly, we’re not just audience members watching a preview. God gives us a starring role.
We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the LORD’s glory, one being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the LORD.2 Corinthians 3:19. Are you ready for your close-up?
To Take Away
Do you long for God’s glory? In what ways does your life show this to be true? What qualities and actions in Jesus’ life revealed God’s glory? How can you obtain a greater thirst for a
close-upof God’s glory?
Pray that God will show you smaller evidences of his glory in your everyday life.
- A Glorious Preview (greaterislove.wordpress.com)
- A Theology of Church Growth & Outreach (marcminter.wordpress.com)
- Liberty (amfbeministry.wordpress.com)
- Of flashlights, unending nuclear explosions in the sky and mountains in the desert. (briarwoodandcloud.com)
- 2 Corinthians 1-4 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)