The Radiant Face of Prayer
Today’s reading: Exodus 33:12-36:7
My selection: Exodus 34:29-30
29 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.30 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.
My reflections: Moses face shone after being in the Lord’s presence. Others could see it and were afraid to come near him. But Moses himself did not realize how the skin of his face shone. It shone because he had been talking to God. Paul referred to this, in II Corinthians 3:7-18, contrasting the glory of the ministry of death and the ministry of the Spirit. Even that Old Testament ministry of condemnation, with law carved in letters of stone, held a frightening glory. The New Testament ministry of righteousness has a surpassing glory.
My challenge: What do we know of this glory? Far too little, I am afraid.
In the gospel, all who believe are assured of acceptance before God and access to His throne. Should that not drive us to prayer and result in radiant faces? In Christ, we are brought near to God. And this surpassing glory is permanent. It should produce in us boldness and freedom and progressive transformation into His image. Pray with me, “Lord, grow me in the knowledge and experience of your glory.”
Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 36:1-38:20