Moses’ Radiant Face | Exodus 34:29

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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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.