Exodus 34:29-35-The radiant face of Moses.
Matthew 17:1-5-The Transfiguration of Jesus.
This morning as I was studying the scriptures on the book of 2 Peter 1:12-18, something unique about the transfiguration of Jesus and also the glory of the Lord shining upon Moses struck me. So it is my prayer that the Holy Spirit shall lead and direct me as I share this in pen and paper.
Allow me to start with Exodus 34:29-35, it is entitled the radiant face of Moses.29-30 “When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the tablets of the Testimony in his hands he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and the Israelites saw Moses, his face radiant and they were afraid to come near him”.
My question is, why were they afraid to come near Moses, yet they had walked with him? They had been interacting with him as their leader and they had even gone as far as grumbling and complaining against him many times. What had changed in Moses that they even become fearful of him? We will answer that in a little while; hold your horses!
31-32”But Moses called them; so Aaron and the leaders of the community came back to him and he spoke to them. Afterward, all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given them on Mt. Sinai”.
It was only after Moses had called them that they went. First, it was Aaron, then the leaders and the people. They went to him but they were still fearful. They had no confidence whatsoever. I wonder what was going on through their mind!! Let us carry on, though. 33-35”When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went to speak to the Lord”.
Why would anyone be afraid of the glory of God? Why did Moses have to hide his face after talking to God so as to be able to talk to the people? I would be so glad to see the glory of God; I think I would just bow down, worship and pour out my heart to him, if God gave me the privilege. But anyway, this is not about me! Okay! let us move on swiftly. Do not worry all these questions will be answered by the grace of God.
Matthew 17:-5, is about “The transfiguration”. 1”After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves”. Jesus had 12 disciples, but he only took these three with him. What was so special about these three guys? They were in Jesus’ inner circle of friends if I could be allowed to say that. 2-3”There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus”. What would you do if such a scenario happened to you? I mean they were used to this very simple man as shown in Isaiah 53:2-3 “He grew up like a tender shoot and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” Jesus was that simple! They were used to seeing him that way. If I may be allowed to say, they were so used to him.
It is like that one friend of yours, you are used so much to. You are used to go everywhere together. You are used to going to the market to buy clothes and shoes together. Imagine of a friend you are used to and then one morning he/she comes to you dressed in designer clothes and driving the latest vehicle model. That is nowhere near being the ordinary pal you were used to. You will be shocked, dumbfounded and wonder when all that changed!
Back to our three friends. They saw Jesus in his true nature; they saw him in his splendor majesty and glory. Wow! What a sight! He was no longer the son of man there, but the son of the most High God. Let us continue before I get too excited.4”Peter said to Jesus, “Lord it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah”. OH! I just love this. Note this important part, Peter was not scared, the disciples were not scared. They were glad to see the glory of the Lord shining upon them. They were happy to see Christ being transfigured. They even wanted to build booths for them.
Dear friend, these disciples wanted to offer a sacrifice of worship unto the Lord. They were ready to gaze at his beauty and majesty. To just sing Holy, Holy are you Lord Almighty. They wanted to shine in the beauty of the glory of God. They wanted to just stay in his presence. Hallelujah! Glory to Jesus! This reminds me the lyric of the song, “Holy holy God Almighty it is a privilege to worship you. Holy Holy God Almighty it’s a privilege to bow before you”. I believe these guys could have sung this song. I know I would! Let us proceed!5”While he was speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said,” This is my son with whom I LOVE: with Him I am well pleased to listen to him”. Woooowww! What a confirmation! If I add anything else I will spoil it.
By now you have noted the similarities and differences in these two stories. How two different parties reacted to the appearance of the glory of God! The big question I have been asking myself and am sure you are also wondering is why the difference? Why is it that the first group was afraid of the glory of God shining upon them, while the other group actually wanted to offer the sacrifice of worship when the glory majesty and splendor of the Lord appeared to them?
How I pray the Lord will reveal it to us in the next article. Bye bye for now. May blessings and favor be your portion in Jesus name.