“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.”
Exodus 34:29-30 NKJV
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13 NKJV
I have come to understand something as I have walked in the faith these many years. I have noticed that people have the tendancy to avoid me, as if I have some kind of x-ray vision, able to see into their souls and see the sin lurking within. I have been placed high on pedestals, labeled a “strong believer”, and marginalized.
I remember the time I spent in Mayo Clinic, sojourning with God, and the aftermath when I had to return to everyday life. I learned in that season how weak I really was and how completely flawed, having no righteousness of my own.
I came to recognize the power of God to transform a life, and how we can do none of it ourselves. There were arguments with people who insisted on putting me on those predestals, as I contended bitterly, that it was God who chose to use me. I brought nothing to the table. “It was you!”
As I read through Exodus 34 this morning, I read of Moses, having spent time with God, coming down with his face glowing as it reflected the glory of God. People looked upon him and were afraid. He had been in the presence of Holy God, and he had been changed. For him, it was a temporary change that faded over time.
I think people were afraid because they were uncomfortable with access to God, and the veil that Moses wore was like a boundary, a separation between God and man, between responsibility and irresponsibility.
If one beholds the glory of God one must act accordingly. In many ways, those who put others on predestals, do so to avoid having to be admit their own distance from God due to their long held secret sins.
For the children of Israel, the veil was also on the heart as they were blind to the Spirit of God.
“But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.”
II Corinthians 3:14-15 NKJV
In Christ,the veil is taken away as one seeks the heart of God. Jesus leaves His mark upon you from the inside out, as His glory shines from the innermost parts of those who have surrendered to the will and leadership of the Holy Spirit.
“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
II Corinthians 3:16-18 NKJV
I love that passage in the book of Acts when Peter and John are confronted by the learned leaders of the Sanhedrin. Peter and John were ordinary guys, ambassadors to their Glorious King. It was clear that they had been with Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, may we shine!
May it be said of us that it is obvious that we have been with Jesus. God has given us His Holy Spirit and His word to guide and empower us, and He has given us access through Jesus Christ to the mountain, where He has etched the law of God onto our hearts.
Take the time to meet with God. Take the time to read your bible, to pray, to meditate on Jesus. He will bring changes into your life and make you one whose internal countenance becomes a bright light leading others to salvation. Act as ambassadors of Jesus Christ, representing Him in all ways, and in all words.
“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Colossians 4:6 NKJV
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”
Acts 1:8-9 NKJV
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