Highland Presbyterian Church
April 2, 2020
Hunkered Down Devotions
2 Corinthians 3:12-18 The Voice (VOICE)
12 In light of this hope that we have, we act with great confidence and speak with great courage. 13 We do not act like Moses who covered his face with a veil so the children of Israel would not stare as the glory of God faded from his face.[a]14 Their minds became as hard as stones; for up to this day when they read the old covenant, the same veil continues to hide that glory; this veil is lifted only through the Anointed One. 15 Even today a veil covers their hearts when the words of Moses are read; 16 but in the moment when one turns toward the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 By “the Lord” what I mean is the Spirit, and in any heart where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is liberty. 18 Now all of us, with our faces unveiled, reflect the glory of the Lord as if we are mirrors; and so we are being transformed, metamorphosed, into His same image from one radiance of glory to another, just as the Spirit of the Lord accomplishes it.
Paul, in writing to the church in Corinth, is calling on this group – which was made up, primarily of former Jews – to look to their faith history and understand that Jesus is the completion of what God has always been doing with humanity and what God started in and through Moses.
His talk about Moses hiding behind a veil can be confusing for those of us that aren’t fully up to date on our Jewish history or that don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Old Testament books of the law. Without going into unnecessary detail, the point that Paul is making is that before Jesus there was a separation between God and even his chosen people.
Now, because of Jesus, it is possible for not just the Israelites, but everyone, to have a personal, ‘face to face’, encounter with God. This is the great hope that we have, that in and through Jesus, it is possible for each of us to connect to God. Not just to connect to God, but to be claimed as one of God’s beloved children.
Paul tells us that, because of this great hope, we should have ‘great courage’ and act with ‘great confidence’ as we reflect God’s light and love for all those around us to see.
So, friends, now and always, let us have great courage and act with great confidence as we share the good news of God’s light and love with all by what we say, what we do, and who we are.
Sharing God’s Love,
Prayer: Lord, it isn’t just now – but especially, now – it isn’t easy to have great confidence and it is even harder to act with great courage. But fill us with your Spirit of hope and peace, strength and courage as we seek to reflect the light of your love into the dark and needy areas of our lives and our world. Amen.