A Countenance Ashine

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people what he was commanded, the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.” Exodus 34:29-35

This mysterious shekinah glory that emanated from God Himself and was reflected in the face of Moses intrigues and fascinates me, and makes me want some. It is as though Moses’s countenance, as he conversed with the Lord, absorbed a glimpse of His very character, the beauty, the shining splendor that emanated from Him, and could not contain it. We know God was not present in human form, but I delight in the picture of intimate communion between these ‘friends,’ imagining the warmth and light shared in that holy space, and the divine ‘mantle’ Moses carried out of the tent with him. (Exodus 33:11; Deuteronomy 34:10)

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I have known people who, when I spend time with them or hear them teach, have obviously been with Jesus, basking in His presence. They have a sense about them, a serenity, a ‘glow,’ a knowing, a humility blended with extraordinary and winsome boldness, and they make the Lord attractive, even irresistible. This I admire, this I desire. (Acts 4:13)

Spending time face to face with our Lord, where we are vulnerable and receptive, enables Him to transform our countenance, and fill us with wisdom and gladness we can then share with others. When He shines in and through us, He makes us inviting, and divinely draws them to see and adore Him. A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.” “A glad heart makes a cheerful face.” “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (Ecclesiastes 8:1; Proverbs 15:13; 2 Corinthians 4:6)

Glorious Lord, lift Your countenance upon me, infuse my demeanor and expression with Your shining and irresistible glory, that all I encounter see I have been with You, and want to be with you also. (Numbers 6:24-26)

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