When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant of the law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.
When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. When Moses finished speaking to them, he put the veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would out the veil back over his face until he went to speak to the Lord. Exodus 34: 29-35 NIV
As I sit here thinking of these verses, this scene unfolds in my mind. Moses is descending the mountain carrying two stone tablets. I imagine the people noticing him when he reaches the bottom and coming towards them. I imagine them stopping whatever they are doing at staring right at Moses. He notices. Note: I firmly believe this bit of scripture is not of vanity. Moses isn’t bragging on himself in these books.(The first five books of the Bible are written by Moses)
This visual illustration raises questions in my own mind, ‘How did it shine and what would that have been like?’ It says Moses was unaware of it so I can eliminate that this radiance was not something felt physically. It must have been bright because so many seen it at once and was afraid. “But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.’
Did it serve as a cloak of authority from God himself so that the laws Moses was about to share with them have credibility? Was Moses’ ability to radiate kind of like an introduction to the people from God? If so, what an entrance. I’m sure it was intimidating. They had been in Egypt more than likely serving Egyptian gods. LIttle did they know of God at this time. Moses had even been fasting for 40 days. I don’t know about you, but two days without food would have me looking like death was at my back door. I would not be radiating nor would I have caught anyone’s attention.
I believe any time we surrender our needs and wants for the purpose of fellowship with God he bestows on us this same light. In our moments of seeking Him, we are inspired, we are changed, often refreshed, and sometimes strengthened to make it through trials and missions in order to carry out the will God has for our lives.
I also believe people notice. Notice that you spend time with God. They watch your life. They may say nothing at all, but believe me, people notice if you have truly have been in communion with Christ as you have a ‘radiance’ that they can’t put a finger on or understand. And I believe, as a true believer, you can not even notice what you project based on your relationship with Christ. I had someone once told me, “It’s hard to be around you because you make me feel so guilty.” That hurt me. I asked if I had done anything wrong in hopes of somehow fixing it. They said, “It’s not you, it’s me.” I have since learned they were dealing with a huge spiritual battle and were involved in some things they were ashamed of.
I want to radiate Christ like Moses did. I want, what others see in me, to draw them closer to Him. In order to do that, I must stay in obedience and fellowship with Christ. It’s not about me. It’s about Him and His Glory.