Feb 10 (Daily reading: Exodus 33-35) Going back to yesterday’s reading, we find a clear definition of idolatry: ““Come, make us a god who will go before us … Then he took the gold… and fashioned it into a cast metal calf; and they said, “This is your god, Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt” (32:1, 4). Anything that takes God’s place, and which receives the glory that belongs to God, is an idol.
The remedy for idolatry is confession and repentance. After Moses prayed for God’s grace for His people, God said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest” (33:14). God’s grace and forgiveness culminated in His giving His commandments for a second time on new stone tablets. God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant … and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the LORD” (34:10). Praise God for second chances!
When Moses descended from the mountain after meeting with God, his face glowed and the people were afraid to approach him. He had to put a veil over his face. Paul wrote about later generations of Israel, “the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone 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 freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:14-18, NIV).
Praise God that we do not see His glory through a veil. In Christ, and by His indwelling Spirit, He has been revealed to us and we are in the divine process of being transformed into His image!