Special thanks to David Bowden of Spoken Gospel for this post.
The Bible is the most important physical resource we have as Christian leaders.
However, if you’ve been in a position of Christian leadership for any length of time, you know that people often find the Bible difficult to engage with.
Why? The Bible has a spiritual barrier. In 2 Corinthians 3:14, Paul calls this spiritual barrier a veil.
The Barrier to the Bible
Paul says, “to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.” He is referring to a story from Exodus 34. After Moses saw God’s glory on Mt. Sinai through the cleft of the rock, his face started shining. This terrified the Israelites, so Moses put a veil over his face to hide the glory of God.
Paul is talking about reading the Old Testament Scriptures when he says, “whenever Moses is read.” Since the books of Moses start the Old Testament, his name became shorthand for all the Scriptures.
Paul’s point is that there is a spiritual barrier between us and the Bible. This barrier, this veil, does the same thing Moses’ veil did back at Mt. Sinai—it hides the glory of God.
But Paul takes this link back to Exodus 34 even farther. He says that the glory we are meant to see in our Bibles is, “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).
The veil over our hearts hides the face of Jesus.
Jesus can be seen all throughout the Bible, but a spiritual veil can keep people from seeing Him.
But, the spiritual veil hiding Jesus is taken away by Jesus. The barrier to the Bible is removed when we turn to Him!
Resources to Conquer the Barrier
I have become increasingly convinced of the complete necessity of seeing Jesus in the Bible.
So, me and a few friends did something about it. We started a nonprofit called Spoken Gospel. Our mission is to speak the Gospel out of every corner of Scripture. Right now, we are making video introductions to every book of the Bible. See video introductions for Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Each video uses spoken word poetry to explain the book’s main theme and show how that theme is fulfilled in Jesus.
We are so excited to partner with Open Network to provide these videos to pastors and church leaders around the world for free.
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