03/07/21 – The Glory of God, The Veil, The Mediator, and The Gospel

Guest Sermon by Gunner Wilson

29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. 32 Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. 33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. 34 Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, 35 the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:29-35‬ ‭ESV‬‬

7 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, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory. 12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 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. 14 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. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 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.
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:7-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I.Glory of God, Period
A. God highly holds the glory, that is crucial to His divine nature, so highly that He will share it with no other. (Isa. 42:8)
B. If the Lord values His glory above all else, then His glory is the most valuable thing in existence.

II.God’s Glory and Man’s Sin
A. Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority
B. One cannot and will not walk with God if you are in darkness.

III.God’s Glory in Moses, the Mediator
A. Jesus through the Cross looks to the flock, running from him with cursing and anger, looks to the flock and says, come.
B. Where Christ and Moses both serve as mediators, Moses only bears the Glory of God and Christ is the Glory of God. Moses dies and never rises where Christ rises from the grave.

IV.God’s Glory and The Veil
A. The law is our schoolmaster to show us a need for our wrongs to be forgiven whilst leading us to Christ, beyond the veil.
B. It is the separation of man and God that the Glory of the Old Covenant brought. God is up here; we are down here. It is the Glory of the New Testament that brings the Old to decommission.

V.Next Steps
A. The glory about the face of Moses is ours to behold not only upon ourselves but forever unveiled so we can be more like him daily.