MOSES’ FACE SHONE
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. (Exodus 34:29-35).
Moses having spent another 40 days and 40 nights with the Lord on the mountain, came back with face shining that he had to cover his face with a veil. This is the evidence of the glory of God. The more time you spent with the Lord, the more His glory rubs on you. The children of Israel were afraid to come near Him. Even his brother could not move close to him until he called to them. The children of Israel were given the commandments again through Moses. This is the Bible we read today, and as God made Moses to write down all that were discussed it is very important for us to know that we will be judged by the Words that have been written. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the God that we are serving today. If we seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him. Just like Moses’ face shone and his people could not move closer to Him, in the same vein no enemy can toil with the people that have intimate relationship with God. Isaiah 54:17 says No weapon formed against us shall ever prosper , and even if they gather together against us they would stumble for our sake. Thus we have nothing to fear because our lives are secured in the hand of God.
In Exodus 35, Moses read the commandments from God to the children of Israel. The Sabbath was emphasized again, while their free will offering concerning the tabernacle that God commanded them to build for Him was again read to their ears. The write up in this chapter is a reminder of what God desires from the children of Israel. All that are needed to construct the tabernacle have already been given to them. They were told to donate to the work of God as God puts it in their hearts which is why it is called “free-will offering”. These days the servants of God would demand an offering from the congregation by stating the amount they have in mind. This method is no more free-will offering. We had an experience some years back, when such offering was called for and the servant of God opened the envelope and sent them back to rewrite the check because it was too small to him. God is always very pleased with those that give freely out of a willing heart not out of “seduction” or “manipulation”. Tomorrow we will see the response of the children of Israel as they bombarded Moses with their offerings. We will continue to learn from the Scriptures how to please the Lord with our offerings. May the Lord continue to open us to His Words and give us understanding in Jesus Name, Amen.