Exodus 34: 28 – 30 & 33 – 35
“Moses was up on the mountain with the Lord for forty days and forty nights…..Moses didn’t realise when he came down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments that his face glowed from being in the presence of God. Because of this radiance upon his face, Aaron and the people of Israel were afraid to come near him.”
“When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face; but whenever he went into the Tabernacle to speak with the Lord, he removed the veil until he came out again; then he would pass onto the people whatever instructions God had given him, and the people would see his face aglow. Afterwards he would put the veil on again until he returned to speak with God.”
We are not like Moses, “We who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” What a contrast: not the old but the new, not the condemnation but the deliverance; not the letter but the Spirit; not an external God but an internal reality; not death but life; not a veil of uncertainty concerning the things of glory and heaven, but an open face beholding the glory of the Lord. “Now,” Paul is saying, “I can take any buffeting in the reality of that experience!” What resources are adequate for any buffeting, and will enable us to take the knocks?
Through the Holy Spirit we see Jesus – catching the light and reflecting the glory of the Lord who has washed us in His blood and indwells us by the Holy Spirit and will present us faultless before the throne of glory with exceeding joy; one day we will be so transformed that we will be able to see God face to face and not shrink from the vision; but not now in this human body. Our view of God is as He has revealed Himself to our heart in Jesus Christ.
Let us pray that day by day we shall be reflecting God’s glory.