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Exodus 34, vs. 29-35 with Betty

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29 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.

30 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.

31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them.

32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him in mount Sinai.

33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.

34 But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.

35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

 When Moses came back down from the mountain carrying the two tables of testimony, his face was shining from his encounter with God, so much so that he had to cover it with a “vail” because the Israelites were afraid to come near him.

When Moses went in to see the Lord he took the vail off but when he went back out to speak to the children of Israel his face still shone and he put the vail on again.

I have often seen a certain look on the face of very devout Christian people, a look that seems to beam their basic faith upon the world, but of course even when Christianity is visible upon your face, your face does not literally shine as did Moses’.  What an amazing thing it must be to see God in person and for that encounter to alter your very appearance.

Betty Killebrew

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