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“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.”
Exodus 34:29 (NIV)
The children of Israel created more than a few challenges after God brought them out of the slavery of Egypt. No matter how tough it had been there, it was soon easy for them to start complaining about anything and everything from the food choices to the length of time Moses was spending on the mountain.
They even cajoled Aaron to create a golden calf to worship when they became impatient about how long Moses was on the mountain. When Moses came down and saw a party was going on as the children of Israel danced and worshipped around the golden calf he was really irked and threw the tablets on the ground where they shattered.
The Levites were instructed to bring judgment by the sword and they start moving among the people. Moses pleads with God to stop the plague upon the people lest they all be destroyed. God hears and answers. Then Moses heads back up the mountain for new stone tablets. When he comes down from Mt. Sinai the skin of his face is shining because he had talked with God.
There are many lessons in the story that can be clear to us all these years later, but as I was reading this passage in Exodus recently my attention rested on the verse about how the face of Moses shone because he had been talking with God.
It gave me pause to consider whether or not my face shows evidence that I have been with the Lord. It is not about whether it shines as is described of Moses, but does my presence with the Lord make a difference that is evident to those around me in my demeanor, my tone, my attitude, my words, my choices, and my behavior?
My sense is that you and I should look and be different for having been with Him. There should be some evidence that sets us apart.
Lord Jesus, as I spend time with you I am not sure I always look or sound different as a result. It can be so easy for old habits and the dailyness of life to impact me.
Help me (help us all) to show the evidence of having been with you so others will see You in us each day because your Holy Spirit has changed us as a result.
Thank you, Lord. Amen