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A Bright Future

In elementary school, my caterer mom would pack my lunch, and I would dream of the wonderful things she could have made for me. When the time came to open my brown bag, I would get very excited as I realized the food I could imagine compared nothing to whatever she had made. In the same way, our expectation of God’s greatness often falls short, and we are amazed when we encounter it.

The “old covenant” in 2 Corinthians 3: 7-11 refers to the 10 commandments. God used Moses to deliver them to His people. When Moses was communicating with God, the brightness of the glory of God literally shone through him. It was so bright that when Moses started back to the Israelites, they were almost blinded by the brightness of God shining through him. They were astonished and amazed.

When Paul wrote about this in 2 Corinthians 3:7b-8, he said, “For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was fading away. Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way (which is Jesus), now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God!” (NLT)

He was right! If the Israelites were astounded by the brightness and beauty of God shining through Moses’ face, why aren’t we expecting Jesus to look the same way after giving us reconciliation with God? Like my elementary school lunch, we cannot fully fathom how amazing the glory of God is until we stand face-to-face with Him in Heaven. However, we are wrong to not dream of it and expect more than our dreams limit us to.

Reflect:

  • Do you ever imagine the glory of God?
  • If yes, how do you envision it? If no, why not?
  • What are the differences between the old covenant and the new covenant? Which do you belong to?

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