Thursday, December 12, 2013

DAY 572 - Want to Have A Shinning Face Like Moses? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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     Paul continues on the theme of the glorious shining face of Moses adding the strange practice of Moses putting a veil over his face and then a practice from then on when they read the old covenant. What really happened? 

Bishop N.T. Wright says ( ) :
     The whole point was that Moses did have the glory!  That was the problem!  Moses had gazed upon God, and now his face was shining as a result.  The problem wasn't with Moses; the problem was with everybody else, the great majority of the Israelites.  As Paul insists in Romans 7, the problem wasn't with Moses and the law.  The problem was with the raw material the law had to work with, that is , with the hard hearts of the people (verse 14)…
     But how can the veil be removed?  Paul is still thinking of Exodus 34.  In the story of Moses and the veil, the time Moses takes off the veil is when he goes back in to the tabernacle, into the presence of the Lord.  The veil was needed because the people's hearts were hard, but you don't need the veil when face to face with the Lord.  So Paul takes Exodus 34.34('whenever he turns back to the Lord, the veil is removed'), and quotes it with a wider meaning: now, whenever anyone turns to the Lord - the word 'turn'; here could mean 'convert' or 'repent' - the veil is removed. 

N.T. Wright. Paul for Everyone:2 Corinthians. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p.36-37.

     It is our problem that we can not see the glory of God. It is our problem that we do not have the shinning glory of God in our face and in our life. It is our problem that we do not have the aroma of Christ. Why? 

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Spiritual Journal

    What I heard from Jesus today is: Want to have a shining face as Moses?

    What I got from Jesus today is a funny and strange question. There is no one nowadays can have that kind of shining face like Moses, right? That's not the point! You can pretend to have a smiling and bright face. Just like Paul said that those people's accusation to him was that he did not have that kind of shining and good looking face. They expected Paul to be the movie star, Brad Pitt? 
    The point is to invite you to go into the place to meet God each day that your veil can be removed, and shine! The closer to God, the more frequent with God, then you shine, shine and shine! Those people whose hearts are hard can not be able to see the shining. They cannot be able to recognize that you are God's servant. But, we should be able to recognize each others to be God's servants if we have that close relationship with God. 
     Want to have a shining face like Moses? Are you able to recognize a shining face like Moses? 

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Lead us to be able to be as close as we can to you so that we can see you face to face and be shine, shine for you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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