Bible Reading – Exodus 34:27-35, II Corinthians 3:7-18
Exodus 34:29,33 KJV
29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.
33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.
Intimate fellowship with God changed Moses. The glory of God was revealed on the face of Moses to a lesser extent but in a way similar to what we find at the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17:1-3. The Words that God had given Moses were unchanged, but Moses was changed. From this point on, Moses throughout Scripture would be associated with the Law of God, often referenced as the Law of Moses.
The glory of God that shone on Moses face brought fear on the children of Israel. Imagine being witness to the holiness and glory of God without fully understanding redemption and mercy. The moment we see His holiness and purity we would understand our own filthiness and wickedness. We would know what judgment we deserved were it not for the love, mercy, and grace of God. Because of this, Moses wore a vail on his face to cover the glory. It is important here to reference II Corinthians 3 where we can clearly see that the purpose of this was to foreshadow the Gospel of Christ. Moses had to wear the vail because the children of Israel were not yet ready for the glory to be revealed. God knew, however, that there would come a day when the vail would be done away with in Christ (II Corinthians 3:14)!
II Corinthians 3:18 brings it all together. Moses saw the glory of God, and he began to change. And as we recognize the glory of God through the Gospel and then spend time with God daily, the Spirit of God changes us too. I John 3:2 repeats this reality, “… when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” It is the nature of God to cleanse and purify us to be more like Him, and it is the yearning of our soul to be more like Him (Romans 8:18, I Peter 4:13). And the Spirit of God helps us to be more like Him each day, that we may be a reflection of the love of God to others! We have the opportunity that the children of Israel did not have. The vail is gone, and we can spend time daily with God, becoming more and more like Him.
— Eli Faulds