Lent 2018: See the Lord's Salvation: Day 32

Moses’ Radiant Face


Today's Text: Exodus 34:1-35, John 14:8-11, 2 Corinthians 3:12-18

Scripture Reading: Exodus 34:1-35, John 14:8-11, 2 Corinthians 3:12-18

I do not own an ice scraper. After all, I have lived in the South my whole life, which means I hold a deep-hearted commitment to sunshine and reject temperatures below 32 degrees. Still, every winter the roads in Tennessee will occasionally ice over and the ground will become covered with snow. On those days, I become so cold I think the logical part of my brain has frozen. It’s then that I almost believe in the magic of a snow day—that is, until I need to go somewhere, note my car’s frozen windshield, and remember the ice scraper situation.

A credit card or driver’s license is my go-to solution in this scenario, and they work! A little bit, anyway. Just enough to scrape a little peephole on the driver’s side and hope the rest will melt by the time I reach the stoplight on the corner. (Do not try this at home, friends. Maybe just stay off the roads.)

We are all navigating life through the tiny peephole of humanity, unable to fully comprehend the perfection of our Creator and see Him as He truly is. Day by day, we may be able to get where we need to go comfortably, forgetting the hundreds of glorious layers we cannot yet see. But when Moses goes to Mount Sinai to speak with the Lord, two stone tablets in hand, he has been chosen as a mediator between God and His people and will experience Him in a very significant way.

Moses sees “behind” God, taking in as much of His holiness and glory as humanly possible. God reveals parts of His character to Moses that Moses had never seen before, but it was confirmed through what God does next: He renews His covenant with His people. The covenant renewal does not signal a change in God’s heart between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Rather, it proves that He is always faithful. He is still full of compassion. He continues to abound in goodness, forgiveness, and truth.

As he descends from Mount Sinai, Moses’ face is radiant—a physical effect from encountering close communion with the glory of God. Onlookers are afraid of the way his face shines, and so he covers it with a veil, “so that the sons of Israel could not look at the end of what was fading away” (2 Corinthians 3:13).

The glory of the old covenant was fading away, but God had stored away His promises to His children in the new and better covenant. The old had gone, the new had come, and His mercy extended through it all. The faithfulness of a steady God remained the same.

Today, you and I probably find ourselves looking at the world through worried peepholes instead of fixing our eyes on God, asking Him to show us His glory in our day-to-day lives. And yet, even though we don’t have an ice scraper to reveal His layers of perfection in the same way, we know we are surrounded by the safety of His covenant. His promises still stand, even for us. Praise the Lord.


  • Psalm 34:5, NIV
    “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”

  • Peony Noirr


  • Denise Powers Fabian

    Definitely thinking a lot about the God of the Old Testament vs. the God of the New Testament. It’s all good. Things I need to think about.

  • Sabrina Michelle

    Thank you Father for your faithfulness and kindness towards us.

  • I thank the Lord everyday for His continued grace and mercy over my life and the lives of my family and friends.

  • One of the things I’ve loved most about this plan is that it’s teaching me to understand so many New Testament references to Exodus. I don’t think I ever understand what the reference to the veil of Moses was until reading these two pieces together. It’s a wonderful feeling to start to see the connections!

    I also really appreciated the clarification that the sabbath is to be kept holy even during the harvest. Even when life throws legitimately pressing priorities at you, it’s still critical to take that time to rest every week.

  • Jessica K

    Sometimes… the Lord asks us to stay up late and has us rise early. Moses did and His face shone. I am reminded that even when my earthly body is tired- dark circles and bags under my eyes and an excuse to be short with others- I CAN shine with a sustaining radiance from within because He is there.

  • Elizabeth Aouad

    Hebrews 4:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

    16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need

  • Melissa Dean

    I can’t even say how much I resonated with the “we are all living life looking through the peep hole of humanity” line. I am in a moment of huge change and upheaval in my family, personal and pride life. The peep hole is stressing me out. I want to scrape away more. But I can’t. I must trust in the One who sees all.

    • Julie

      Amen sister! I can very much relate:)

    • Evelyn Fahle

      I’m with you on that one Melissa!

    • Evelyn Fahle

      To turn from the stress to the freedom of it I have been holding firm to the simple truths of God and what He wants me to focus on…(whatever is right in front of me I need to learn, and not ALL the answers about everything lol) God is good. God is sovereign, God is faithful and full of love for me.

  • Literally scraped the windshield with a credit card this morning! Yay for the south! Haha

  • This made me think of this worship song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIgitzSmtGQ
    Your promise still stands
    Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
    I’m still in Your hands
    This is my confidence, You’ve never failed me yet

  • Leigh AnneAkey

    I am reminded of this verse, “For now we see through a glass darkly; but then we see face to face. Now I know in part but the. I shall know even as I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 (GNV)
    Isn’t it exciting to know that one day we will see Him face to face?

  • Valerie Hines

    I ❤️❤️❤️ the thought of asking to see God’s glory EVERYDAY!

  • Gina Glennon

    What an excellent devotional on this text! My heart is full of praise and thanks for God’s covenant faithfulness to me, and for removing the veil from my eyes so that my heart would know Him. Praise Jesus!

  • Jessica C

    On Monday, I randomly had a religious conversation with two strangers. During the conversation, one of the men told me that I have a glow. I didn’t really think too much about it and thought he might have just been trying to flirt. After reading this passage, I wonder if he was seeing my love for the Lord shining through. I pray that I am able to carry this glow with me always to share with others.

    • Jessica Mellin

      That is beautiful! When people who don’t know Jesus get to see him through YOU, I think that is beautiful. Flirting or not, I know that’s what he was seeing. There is a difference, a clear and very real difference when your life is changed by God’s glory.

    • Natasha Reyes

      It’s not just the love for the Lord shining through, right? It is also the Lord’s love itself shining through!

  • This devotion made me think about how ‘for now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.’ I Corinthians 13:12.

    I think of that in the mornings when I get out of the shower and look into the steam covered mirror without my glasses on. I look pretty good until the mirror clears and I put my glasses on!

    What must it have been like for Moses to see God’s glory, even if it was in a cloud? There are times I long to see God and feel His touch, but I also think that it is something that I can look forward to in eternity.
    Matthew Henry had an interesting outlook on this passage. When Moses came down from the mountain he didn’t know his face was shining (34:29). When we have spent time with God, we may appear changed to others and reflect God’s glory, but we ourselves in humbleness don’t realize it. We still feel unworthy.

    When Moses came down and his face was shining, the others were afraid. Henry comments that sometimes people feel their own sin when they see someone who truly reflects God. So, Moses covered his face with a veil. The veil is a symbol of being modest and humble about our faith. We shouldn’t try to flaunt our faith before others. Yet, Moses took the veil off when talking with God. We, too, need to take our veil off before God and come just as we are.

    Finally, Henry, said that when we finally meet God face to face in heaven we will see God in his glory and we will have the veil removed from our eyes and our hearts that we may see as we have been seen and know as we have been known.

    I thought that was amazing. Thank you for letting me share a long post today!
    God go with you today, wherever your path may lead!

  • Kelly Chataine

    Focus on Jesus Christ our Lord!

  • Kristine Loughman

    Such a great reminder for me that while I vision is narrowed to just my own day, my own trouble… God has the big picture! And even if I can’t see it, if all I can glimpse is through that peephole, how wonderful to know that He has the whole plan already laid out for me.

    • Brandi


    • Kerry Campbell

      Amen! I have been asking for God to give me a better lens so I can see my circumstances the way He sees them. I deal with a good amount of anxiety, so this is so hard for me. I am in a serious course in trusting these days. God, let me see!

  • Jessica McCreary

    Love the reminder of keeping my eyes focused on Him!! ❤️

  • Tricia Cavanaugh

    In the NLT the picture is painted that the “Whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:16). I love this thought. We experience freedom, as Paul says further in the chapter. Thank you Lord for taking the veil away!

    • YvonneBonnie Delgado

      Wow, so the Israelites weren’t ready for the veil to be taken away from Moses because they were still slaves to sin?

  • Never took in the meaning that the old covenant was fading. Thank you, God for the New Covenant.

  • Churchmouse

    Stephen Hawking has died. How sad to behold the cosmos for a lifetime and never see beyond to the face of God Who is behind and before it all. Too often I also see this life through “the tiny peephole of humanity, unable to fully comprehend the perfection of our Creator and see Him as He truly is.” I magnify my worries and thus minimize my God. Oh that I would resolve to glance at my problems but GAZE at my heavenly Father. (Thank you, Kaitlin, for this beautiful devotion. Having lived in the north all my life, I have plenty of ice scrapers. I’d be happy to send you one :) )

    • Anna

      Thank you so much for your comment today. These words, “I magnify my worries and thus minimize my God. Oh that I would resolve to glance at my problems but GAZE at my heavenly Father”, really spoke to my heart and were exactly what I needed to hear!

    • Pam

      Thank you Churchmouse. This just opened my understanding.

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