I have written before about Moses, who desired to see God, be with Him on Mount Sinai, hear God speak to “Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” and see His glory (Exodus 33:11). Now I want to consider the effect of that encounter. “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.” (Exodus 34:29).
Did the people of Israel (the crowd) suddenly have a longing to experience the same thing that Moses did? “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.” (Exodus 34:30). Is that our reaction when we see others enjoying intimacy with God? In the case of Israel, Moses had to put a veil over his face in order to accommodate the distance and fear that lay on the hearts of the people. How do you react?
Paul is very direct in his assessment of the glory that Moses saw and why the people reacted as they did. The glory that Moses saw came with a ministry of death because it was tied to keeping the law. In the next breath, Paul draws a contract with the ministry of the Spirit which brings “even more glory. For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.” (2 Corinthians 3:8-9). As if to make the point abundantly clear, Paul continues; “For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory” (3:11).
My dear reader, “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). God wants us to draw near and behold His glory in the person of His Son. In coming to Jesus, there is no fear! Log in tomorrow as we look at what this glory does in us as we gaze on Christ.
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