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Devotional - week of February 14, 2016


HOW DO YOU READ MOSES?

But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.  2 Corinthians 3:15

In 2 Corinthians 3:7-11 Paul describes the law as “… the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones,” “the ministry of condemnation,” and “what is passing away.” But he also says there was a glory about the law—a glory that was passing away.

Paul reveals that in Moses, the law-giver whose face shone when He had communion with God, God gives a prophetic statement about the law itself. Paul writes:

… Moses,… put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.  2 Corinthians 3:13

When those who believe that life is found in keeping commandments read Moses, a veil lies on their hearts. They do not know that the glory of the law has passed away.

But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.  2 Corinthians

The statement applies to the nation of Israel and also to anyone who does not understand that the glory of the law has faded away.

In verses 16b-17 Paul insists that the veil on the heart can be removed, allowing one to see that the glory of the law is gone.

… when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Romans 8:3b-4 explains how the Spirit liberates from seeking to keep the law in human strength:

[God] condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.