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The Veil on the Face of Moses.

The Veil on the Face of Moses.

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BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.


Exodus xxxiv. 35.

And the children of Israel saw the face of
MoseSy that the shin of Moses's face
shone : and Moses put the veil upon his
face again until he went in to speak with
him.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.


Exodus xxxiv. 35.

And the children of Israel saw the face of
MoseSy that the shin of Moses's face
shone : and Moses put the veil upon his
face again until he went in to speak with
him.

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THE VEIL O THE FACE OF MOSES.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Exodus xxxiv. 35.And the children of Israel saw the face of MoseSy that the shin of Moses's faceshone : and Moses put the veil upon hisface again until he went in to speak withhim.I OBSERVED in the beginning of my lastsermon that Moses was a man much honouredof God, and here is another very strikinginstance of it. Though he had not beenpermitted to see the face of God, for thatglory he could not have endured, yet a gloryis put upon his own face, which made him anobject of wonder, and even of alarm, to hiscountrymen. After he had had that graciousmanifestation which God was pleased to maketo him while he was hidden in the cleft of 426 THE VEIL O THEthe rock, he was taken ap again into themount, and there remained with the Lord asecond time as before. He again receivedthe ten commandments, written once morewith the finger of God on two tables of stone,in place of those which he had broken, withother laws of a judicial and ceremonial na-ture. When he came down from the mountwith these in his hand, it was seen that adivine brightness shone upon his face, whichmade him appear to them something morethan human. He himself was unconsciousof it, but Aaron and all the people werestruck with such an awe that they were afraidto come nigh him. He called them to him,and that thej might converse with him freely,he put a veil upon his face while he talkedwith them. And it appears that he constantly
 
wore the veil in all his intercourse with them,but put it off whenever he went to communewith God, and to receive instructions fromhim. There he would ever have it renewedand brightened again at the splendour fromwhich it had been derived ; and doubtless onevery return from such visits the IsraelitesFACE OF MOSBS. 427would evidently perceive that he had been withGod. ow this would greatly tend to in-crease his authority among the people. Therecould not be a more striking attestation to thedivine appointment which he had received,as their leader and law^giver, than this super-natural appearance. It invested him with amark of honour such as no diadem on hisbrow, or crown on his head, could possiblyhave conferred ; and decisively marked himas one who was expressly sent of God. — Asimilar glory was exhibited upon anothermount, many ages after, in one yet greaterthan Moses, even in that transfiguration of our blessed Lord, when in company with histhree favoured disciples, he held conversewith Moses and Elias, who appeared inglory. Then ^^ his face did shine as thesun, and his raiment was white as the light.''But the divine Jesus put aside this splendourof his as soon as he descended, even aswhen he came down from heaven he laidaside the glory which he had with the Fatherbefore the worlds were, and appeared infashion not only as a man, but even as a428 THE VEIL O THEpoor man and a servant. Yet were thereseveral other glorious attestations to his di-vine mission as well as this, so that while St.John says of him, '^ The word was madeflesh and dwelt among ns/' he adds, '' And
 
we heheld his glory, the glory as of the onlybegotten of the Father.'*The Spirit of God has directed the ApostlePaul to make a very peculiar use of this cir-cumstance, as we shall find by turning tothe third and fourth chapters of his secondEpistle to the Corinthians.1. In the first place we find that he usesit as a proof of the glory of the old dispen-sation, even while he is shewing the superiorglory of the gospel. Thus he writes, ^^ If the ministration of death, written and en-graven in stones, was glorious, so that thechildren of Israel could not stedfasdy beholdthe face of Moses, for the glory of his coun-tenance ; which glory was to be done away :how shall not the ministration of the Spiritbe rather glorious ? For if the mimstradonof condemnation be glory, much more doththe ministration of righteousness exceed inFACE OF MOSES. 429glory : for even that which was made glorioushad no glory in this respect, by reason of theglory which excelleth." How great are ourprivileges! Doubtless we should think our-selves highly favoured, if we had a ministerof God's word, in whose very face we couldsee a miraculous and divine light shiningcontinually to prove him a man of God ; butwe have in fact a far greater privilege thanthat ; for we have the glorious gospel of theblessed God, constantly shedding forth itsown divine light in the world, and irradiatingmen's minds with its spiritual brightness.Tl)e Law which was delivered by him whoseface so shone, and by which it was itself madeglorious, was but a temporary dispensation,and has been done away; but the gospelis the everlasting gospel, and will continuehenceforward the instruction and salvation of all who believe it to the end of the world.

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