Horns on Moses

Had an interesting discussion yesterday with a woman about my age concerning the impact of scripture. She took me to a strange place in her comments. There were glitches in the KJV Bible translation. Why? There were errors in religious art commissioned by the Church. Why?

This woman was an Anglican and a thinking one. She quickly got to the “do the best you can speech”. I was about to tell her that the Way of Salvation is not about “imitation” but rather about “impartation”. There is life to be received directly from Jesus for the humble asking. He is very much alive.

Her next comment alluded to Michelangelo’s statue of Moses. Some decorative item on the head appears to have “devil’s horns”. Commentators have suggested that the protrusions were representative of rays of glory emanating from the law-giver’s face after returning from encounter with God on the Mountain (see 2 Corinthians 3).

This got me thinking later in the day. Fact is Moses turned out to be a messenger of condemnation. At the end of Deuteronomy he issues many more cursings for disobedience than he does blessings for obedience. He knew the faulty stuff of which we mortals are made. He judged the mess for 40 years in the Camp of Israel. His Law is meant to be a school-teacher (Galatians 4) showing our impotence to please God with absolute obedience; pointing us to the need for a Saviour in One who did in fact fully obey.

That is the good message of Easter.

Perhaps, after all, those were horns on Moses (Hebrews 3: 1-6).


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