“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.” Exodus 34:30
Glowing. When Moses, the Israelites’ leader, talked with God, his face would begin to glow. Or, as the Bible says, shine. Moses had a special relationship with God. Exodus 33:11a says, “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” In the Old Testament, the Israelites had to sacrifice animals for God to forgive their sin. A priest would talk with God once a year on behalf of the people. They didn’t have the privilege that we do today- we can talk to God anytime and anywhere.
When the Israelite people saw Moses after he had talked with God, they were afraid of him. Moses ended up having to wear a veil over his face until he went to talk to a God again. When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple, separating the Holy place and the Holy of Holies (places only the priests could go), ripped in two (Matthew 27:51). The veil that separated God and the people split, showing that now we don’t have to use animals to sacrifice and priests to pray for us. We can go to God ourselves.
So- I mentioned Moses face glowing… When we spend time with God- time in prayer and in His Word- we get a kind of glow. Not a literal glow, but a spiritual glow. When we spend time with God, people can see that we have been with Him. The closer we draw to Him, the more we “glow.” My mom calls it a “God-tan.” When people see this glow, they see God working in you. They see God and will want to know more about Him when they see Him at work.
When Moses glowed, or radiated, the people could tell he had been with God. You can’t tell if a person is good or bad on the inside by just looking at them. You tell by their actions. The people saw that Moses had been with God not only through his glowing face, but by what he said and the way he acted.
I looked up “radiant” in the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. This is what it said: “Radiant: Shooting or darting rays of light; beaming with brightness; emitting a vivid light or splendor; as the radiant sun.” My favorite of the descriptions is “beaming with brightness.” When we spend time with God, we beam with His brightness, with His joy.
My Bible notes say, “Moses’ face was radiant after he spent time with God. The people could clearly see God’s presence in him. How often do you spent time alone with God? Although your face may not light up a room, time spent in prayer, reading the Bible, and meditating should have such an effect on your life that people will know you have been with God.”
So- do you beam with His brightness?