Hello, wonderful people!
I am finally writing another post again. It feels a little bit weird and missed all at the same time. If I am going to be honest with you, the past few months have been really up and down. I didn’t really know what to do myself (still really don’t), and I did not have the inspiration to give some advice. Inspiration is still not something I am reeping a lot of right now. I just wanted to get a blog post out to try and explain some things I have learned.
I have been learning more about the Old Testament and me…
This past week I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a trip with a group. We went camping down in this beautiful location in Arkansas (the drive down was a bit rough, long, and cramped, but worth it). I had never been to this state before, but I fell in love with it quickly. God orchestrated this beautiful campsite for us. It was perfect. Anyways, the theme of this short trip was learning about the Jewish feast of Shavuot and starting to be able to connect that the God of the Old Testament is the very same as the God of the New Testament.
The leader on our trip spoke over this passage I really fell in love with. It beautifully explained some questions I had. You must know, this past month I have been on the journey to know why I believe what I do, and this passage further reaffirmed my faith. Why? because it was one that spoke beautifully of our God, and how he is forever the same. When people question is he really the same God in the Old Testament, I now can have an answer.
(Italics are my words.)
2 Corinthians 3:3, 5-18 ESV
“And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory. Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
I found the beginning of a trail that is leading me to learn even more about the glory of God.
When Moses was receiving the 10 Commandments, he talked with the Lord and basked in His splendor. He came down the mountain, and the people asked him to put a veil over his face because it was so bright. In 2 Cor. 3:7, it tells us that was the glory of the Law. It was so glorious that when Moses received it, he was blinding. The verse in 2 Corinthians goes onto explain that when Jesus died, the glory of the New Covenant became even more glorious. The Law can not even stand in comparison. The New Covenant gives us hope and makes us bold.
The overwhelming sensation that I feel currently as a write this in my heart is tear provoking. The Law is not a document that should be forgotten about. Now, I am not going to get into what laws we should follow or not, but we do need to remember them as a guideline. They were some of the first things God gave to His people. That is IMPORTANT. Now though that we have the gift of Jesus that is easily obtainable, that is even more glorious. We can know that we no longer have to keep a veil over our faces to hide the glory like Moses did. We can now be bold and be open in our faith.
Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of learning more (and experiencing) the glory of the one I call Father, my Heavenly Father that is. I am proud to call him my King. This adventure beginning to learn of his glory is remarkable.
Rethink the connections we make to God’s glory,