The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Exodus 33:11a
When I woke up, this morning, I didn’t have much of a direction as to what to study. So, I began by watching a teaching called Three Levels of Spirituality (part 2) by John Paul Jackson. It was actually the second time I have seen it…and I will probably watch it, again. If you are interested in watching, I have provided the link (just click on the title). There is a lot to glean from the message, so I will not try to re-cap. It did, however, lead me to revisit one of my favorite parts of the Bible.
I spent time in Exodus 32-34. Exodus 33:11a says, “the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” Later, in chapter 34, we learn that Moses’ “face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.” V.29b
When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord. Exodus 34:30-35
Moses’ time in the presence of God actually radiated from his face! So much so that others could see it!
Have you ever been around a brother or sister, in Christ, who seemed to be…glowing? There is just “something” about them. You may not be able to put your finger on it, but they just seem to carry a presence with them that can’t be explained. I know some people like that. It’s like they’re cloaked in peace and they radiate something that just draws people to them.
This is evidence that they have been spending time in the presence of God.
As Christ-followers, each of us should radiate that same light…only, we are not to put on a veil. In Matthew 5, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” v. 14-16
Can you imagine what the world would look like if we actually lived this out as Jesus commanded? Others would see – and glorify God!
This is the longing of my heart. To spend so much time in His presence that others are affected simply by being near me…because when they are near me, they are near my Father. We (the Church) are now the tabernacle and the carriers of His presence.
My hope is that we would remember this as we interact with the people around us…