The Mirror of God is the Word of God – Where we see the glory of God.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
The mirror of God is the word of God, where we see the glory of God in the face of Christ. Beholding Christ, we are changed into His likeness from glory to glory from the Lord the Spirit. The Spirit of the Lord and the word of truth bring sanctification into His glory. Our reading of the scriptures places us before the mirror of God’s word. The Holy Spirit brings revelation into transformation.
This week we will walk finish Mark, enter into Luke’s gospel, finish 1 Corinthians, and begin 2 Corinthians. We finish 2 Kings and begin the Song of Solomon, which is a beautiful picture of transformation through beholding, the very love language of our King. Micah closes and Nahum begins.
Mark 15 – 16
The King is on the cross and mocked by all. All the earth is covered in darkness as the Father becomes Judge, and judges sin and its consequences on His Son. Resurrection follows as Jesus appears to His disciples and charges us with His great commission.
Luke 1 – 5
The first two chapters give us insight into our Lord’s birth. Zacharias and Mary are both visited by Gabriel with outstanding news. John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus in chapter two, leading to His baptism. Then in chapter four, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil and returns in the power of the Spirit. Chapter five is the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
2 Kings 17 – 25
In chapter seventeen, we witness Israel carried captive to Assyria and exiled into foreign lands. Assyria resettled Samaria with people of other conquered nations. Chapters eighteen through twenty are all about Hezekiah, king of Judah, and His reign in Judah. Chapter twenty-one to twenty-three the reign of Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son who is by far the most wicked king in Judah’s history, to the reign of Josiah, Hezekiah’s great-grandson. Josiah restores worship, finds the book of the law, and is moved with a tender heart toward God. Chapters twenty-four and twenty-five are the end of Judah, beginning with Nebuchadnezzar capturing Jerusalem. He places kings over the land ending with Zedekiah, who rebels against Nebuchadnezzar leading Jerusalem’s total destruction.
Song of Solomon 1 – 5
I love Song of Solomon. It is a love poem recorded between Solomon and the Shulamite. Love is present inside the marriage as we witness the Shulamite being transformed from a self-conscious bride to one leaning on her beloved ascending out of the wilderness. Even in all the Shulamite’s missteps, Solomon speaks gracious words and never a cross word. This is a picture of the mirror of God’s word in the ministry of the Spirit.
Micah ends with the promise of God’s restoration of Israel. Israel will repent, nations shall be judged, and the Lord shall be glorified in His mercy. He will again have compassion on us and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast our sins into the depths of the sea. You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old. Micah 7:19, 20
Nahum 1 – 3
One hundred years after the preaching of Jonah and the repentance of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, Micah must prophesy the destruction of all of Assyria by Babylon. Nineveh has turned back to its wickedness and forgotten the Lord and the awakening they experienced a century before.