Our reading plan had us in Exodus 34 the other day and this passage struck me again as it does every time I run across it
“Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. Then Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him; and Moses talked with them. Afterward all the children of Israel came near, and he gave them as commandments all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would take the veil off until he came out; and he would come out and speak to the children of Israel whatever he had been commanded. And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him. “
Moses is bringing down the “new” tablets of the law and the result of his encounter with the Creator God shines in his face, so much so the people are afraid to go near him at first. But then he established this pattern;
meet with the Creator God,
carry His Word to the people with his shining face,
veil his face until the next time he met with God.
From this point onward the people never saw his face unveiled unless displaying the reflected glory of the Most High God.
By now you have a clue how my mind works so you’re already guessing the question;
How often would the people see our faces unveiled if we only unveiled it after spending time with God?
I wonder how often veils need washing …..
*1 “ALL Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
“Anything is a blessing which makes us pray.” — Charles Spurgeon