Fading Glory


Sickness swept through the Erickson household two weeks ago and the spring warmth seems to be about the only thing eradicating it. I apologize for my absence, but between Christy getting strep, then me, then the 9yo getting the stomach bug, and travel — it just was not meant to be. So hopefully now I can resume in earnest. I do appreciate all the prayers and emails from those of you wanting to make sure all was well. Thank you.

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.[d] 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. 31 But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. 32 Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. 33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.

Exodus 34:29-33

Many people read about Moses’s veil and get it wrong.

Yes, it is true that at first the people “were afraid to come near him” with his face reflecting the glory of God. But they did come. And from there the Bible tells us that Moses would let the people see his shining face and only after would he veil it.

Ever wonder why? It was not because the people were afraid of the glory of the Lord reflected in Moses’s face. They were afraid because that glory faded. That is why Moses kept his face veiled. He did not want the people to see the glory fading from his face. Each time Moses would go to the Lord he would uncover his face. Then he would let the people see his face shining. Only then would he cover his face again.

We do not have to worry about the shine of the Lord fading. What we have is more permanent than what Moses had. The people of God at Moses’s time had signs and wonders and laws and prophets and priests. We have Jesus Christ himself. Jesus will not fade from our lives. We may go through dark times, but Jesus is always there if we want him. We have no veil blocking our view of him. Call on his name and he will be there for you.

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