Our past few Sunday sermons have been a series on the Sermon on the Mount, teaching through the “blessed are’s” to help us to grow more in the character of Christ.
Something our music/youth pastor mentioned about the radiance of Jesus- using the sun as an example, made me start thinking about today’s devotional heart bits.
Remember when Moses went up to Mount Sinai the 2nd time, he made a special request to God?
And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
God’s Glory is so unimaginable that Moses could not look on Him without being destroyed, but God in His mercy and kindness allowed Moses to see Him the only safe way possible. Now, do you remember what happened when Moses came back down to the Israelites?
And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.
Verse 33 then explains, And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.
Moses was reflecting the Shekinah Glory of God, the English translation meaning dwelling or settling of the divine presence of God. It was so heavy on him that the children of Israel couldn’t bare to look at him. *see note at the end for more on this*
The Old and New Testaments describe Jesus as the Sun and Light,
Deuteronomy 4:24 describes, For the LORD your God is a consuming fire
The blessing in Numbers 6:25 says, The Lord make his face shine upon thee
Psalm 84:11 (a) says, For the Lord God is a sun and shield
The prophet Malachi describes Jesus, But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings…
Matthew 17:2 describes Jesus appearance at the transfiguration, His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.
In John 8:12, Jesus describes Himself as the Light of the World
And in Revelation 22:16 Jesus says, I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
When we consider the facts about our sun, we know it is the only star in our solar system, it is radiant, gives light and life to the world, it is comforting and warm, it is the center of our universe. Year after year, for centuries it has been a steady and strongly shining ball of consuming fire.
Comparisons of Jesus and the sun would be too much for this post, but consider that the Sun of righteousness with healing in His wings, means in Jesus all the righteousness we need before God for our complete salvation is found. We can stand guiltless before God because of the radiance of the Son.
The gospel of Jesus Christ reveals and shines forth the consuming fire and righteousness of God.
It’s interesting that at the worst part of Jesus suffering on the cross, the sun did not shine, but at midday there was midnight darkness… And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. Mark 15:33
So, back to Moses and our ongoing sermons on developing the Character of Christ- While Moses had to wear a veil before the people, we need be like Christ and let His radiance and glory shine from us. We are light to a dark world, and in order to be like Christ, we must reflect the Sun.
Have a blessed day and week all.
*Note, for more in depth commentary on the Glory of God, and Moses’ reflection, please read this interesting sermon by Charles Spurgeon.