Lamentations 2:1-9; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11; Mark 12:1-11
Moses came down from Mount Sinai with two things: the tablets of the law and a shining face. Simultaneously, law and gospel are seen in the patriarch. The lawgiver, who himself could not keep the law, radiated the glory of God. (Exod 34:29) Both the ministry of death through the law, and the ministry of the Spirit by the glory of God are observed in his life. The commandments were carved in stone and inspired, yet the Spirit who is carved into our hearts is far more glorious.
God is an avenging God; he will not suffer rejection. Still, his glory outshines our rejection and our inabilities. The very thing rejected—God himself—has become the cornerstone of glory. Despite our denial and our sin, God in Christ became our “Yes!” (2Cor 1:20) and our grace (2Cor 8:9). If we stand firm in our faith in him, even when we stumble under the demands of the law, we shine with his saving glory.
It is not our doing; it is the Lord’s doing. This “is marvelous in our eyes.”
Prayer: Lord God, help me stand firm in faith, even when I stumble in sin. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.