2 Cor.3:7,8 – Even the ministry that was characterized by chiseled letters on stone tablets came with a dazzling measure of glory, though it produced death. The Israelites couldn’t bear to gaze on the glowing face of Moses because of the radiant splendor shining from his countenance—a glory destined to fade away. Yet how much more radiant is this new and glorious ministry of the Spirit that shines from us!
The scene of Moses returning from Mount Sinai with the two tables of stone is the stuff of movies. Moses was an amazing character that stood as a giant over all of the prophets that would follow him. His face was shining with God’s glory that was too bright to look upon and had to be veiled. He was carrying in his arms the Ten Commandments that became the foundation that civilization would be built upon. The Jews always considered themselves disciples of Moses. Paul was preaching something different. Paul said that the glory that was on Moses and even on the Ten Commandments paled in comparison to the glory in the gospel. Paul even called the law the ministration of death. He declared that the face of nominal Christians shone with more glory than Moses. Here is how Adam Clarke describes it.
“Yet this ministration of death…was glorious-was full of splendor; for the apostle refers to the thunderings, and lightnings, and luminous appearances, which took place in the giving of the law; so that the very body of Moses partook of the effulgence in such a manner that the children of Israel could not look upon his face; and he, to hide it, was obliged to use a veil. All this was intended to show the excellency of that law, as an institution coming immediately from God: and the apostle gives it all its heightenings, that he may compare it to the Gospel, and thereby prove that, glorious as it was, it had no glory that could be compared with that of the Gospel; and that even the glory it had was a glory that was to be done away—to be absorbed, as the light of the stars, planets, and moon, is absorbed in the splendor of the sun.”
The glory on us is reflected glory, reflecting the majesty of Christ. This reflected glory shines brightly in the land. It attracts whoever is hungry and draws them from the darkness of this life.