CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 43

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 34:29 ” 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.”

(Read Exodus 34 :1–35)

Moses had been in the presence of the Lord forty days without eating or drinking water. This was an absolute fast or a supernatural fast. In our key scripture we see that the skin of his face began to shine although he himself was not aware of the change.

Moses experienced that supernatural transformation because of the long stay in God’s presence. There is always a transformation that we experience when we spend time in God’s presence receiving his word.  Our transformation takes place as our minds are renewed. (Romans 12:2). In 2nd Corinthians 3:18, the Bible says ” But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD”. This statement is amazing and revealing as well. The word glass used here means mirror. The word of God is described as a mirror.  Mirrors reflect the beholder’s image. In the mirror of the word our image is the nature or picture of what the Bible talks about.

From the law of mirrors, which states that ‘the image in the mirror is who the beholder is’. This implies the image we read about in God’s word is what we are. We are not what we physically know about ourselves. From God’s mirror we are  Holy, powerful, glorious, wonderful supernatural beings. . The analogy from the story of Moses exposes that, as we keep looking into this amazing mirror, we would be changed into the same image. This image is what we are in the inside of us.

What we need is discipline to keep beholding our glorious image in the mirror of the word. Moses spent forty days and forty nights and at the end the children of Israel could not behold his face. The Bible teaches the glory of Moses was a passing glory. 2nd Corinthians 3:8-9 calls the glory of Moses as a ministration of death whiles we have a ministration of the Spirit. It is also called the ministration of condemnation and we have the ministration of life. What a glorious impact we would make in our world if we are to give enough attention to the word allowing the glorious power of God to fully saturate us.

CONFESSION

God’s word carries a divine transforming power. As I behold it daily my mind is renewed, and I am changed into the very image I see.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 12:2 ” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

James 1:25 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed”.

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