Moses’ face shone when he returned with the Ten Commandments. When he came down the Mountain, after being in the presence of the Lord, the children of Israel could barely look at him; in fact they were scared to approach him. Moses’ face was so bright he had to cover himself with a veil while he spoke with them.
In the 2nd letter to the Corinthians Paul tells us Moses placed that veil there because this glory came from the Covenant of the Law and yet it was fading. He tells us the New Covenant is even better, and we that are in the New Covenant don’t cover ourselves, 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 from the Lord, the Spirit.” So we discover both Covenants come with glory one that is fading, which is the Law, and the other which will remain, and that is the Spirit.
What I want to bring to your attention is Moses didn’t know his face was shining. Apparently Moses had forgotten all about himself because he was totally swept up in God’s presence. Isn’t that the key after all? When we aren’t preoccupied with ourselves we will shine and not even know it. If we remain focused on ourselves we will never be changed into the image of Christ.
When we look at these two Covenants, the one being the Law and the other being the Spirit, we see something else. The Law or Ten commandments requires us to do or not do something. Whereas the Covenant of the Spirit does all of it for us and through us.
When Moses came down the Mountain his face shone because he had been talking with God. He gave the Children of Israel the commandments because they thought they could keep them. As long as they were looking to themselves and thinking they could keep the law the veil would remain. The veil is only taken away when we look to Christ. Moses talked with God face to face so when he was in his presence he removed the veil.
As long as we look to ourselves thinking we can make ourselves good or pleasing to God we will have a veil over our hearts. We will never see the liberty to be had in Christ, because it only comes when we look away from ourselves and fix our eyes on Jesus. If we continue in the lie of independence and think we can keep God’s law we will never experience the everlasting shine of liberty.
Written by Louie