Moses’ Radiant Face | Exodus 34:29

By on Nov 4th, 2015.

Do you know much about the radiant face of Moses? The Hebrew word for radiant is close to the word for “horns” and was misunderstood in the Latin translation, the Vulgate. European medieval art of Moses, including a famous painting by Michelangelo, depicted horns on Moses’ head. But the word really should indicate something more like beams of light.

I noticed something new as I read the passage: “…he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken to the Lord” (Exodus 34:29, NIV).

Think about it … Moses was 80 years old. His skin was probably like dry parchment. Wrinkled, bronzed and browned from four years herding sheep in the Arabian desert. But his face was radiant, reflecting the glory of God from his time on the holy mountain.

What an awesome way to think about the time each day on our “holy mountain,” time we carve out to spend in God’s word. We leave those moments with a radiant face, something we’re not even aware of.

Memory Verse of the Week: “He was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken to the Lord” (Exodus 34:29, NIV).


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