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they were afraid to come near him.
Then Moses called to them, and Aaronand all the rulers of the congregationreturned to him; and Moses talked withthem.
Afterward all the children of Israel came near, and he gave themas commandments all that the L
had spoken with him on Mount Sinai.
And when Moses had
nished speak-ing with them, he put a veil on his face.
But whenever Moses went in beforethe L
to speak with Him, he would take the veil off until he came out; and he would come out and speak to thechildren of Israel whatever he had beencommanded.
And whenever the chil-dren of Israel saw the face of Moses,that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his faceagain, until he went in to speak with Him.
In verse 28, we read that
e wroteon the tablets. Some versions, suchas the NKJV from which we quoted,capitalize the
, indicating that itwas God who wrote. Other versions,such as the NIV, use a lower case let-ter and preserve the ambiguity. Thedistinction is not signi
cant for thisdiscussion. Verse 29 records Mosescoming down from the mountain withthe “two tables of Testimony” in hishands.
At this point, Moses was notaware that his face was shining (v.29). This is signi
cant, as are verses30-33. One common understanding of this incident is that Moses put the veilon his face because it (his face) wasshining so brightly that the peoplewere blinded. On this account, Mo-ses veiled his face to accommodate
1 The Ten Commandments are called“the tables of the Testimony” becausethey will furnish the evidence of cove-nant-breaking against Israel. This phraseis one of the most frequently used termsthat the authors of Scripture employ whenreferring to the Ten Commandments. Theauthors of Scripture also use six other terms to describe the Ten Command-ments. For more on this, see John G.Reisinger,
Tablets of Stone
and the His-tory of Redemption
(Frederick, MD: NewCovenant Media, 2004).
In verse 7, Paul refers to the Old Cov-enant as a ministry of death.
the ministry that brought death, which was
engraved in let-ters on stone,
came with glory, sothat the Israelites could not look steadi-ly at the face of Moses because of itsglory,
fading though it was…
(NIV,markers and emphasis added)
By adding the descriptive words,“engraved in letters on stone,” Paulmakes sure his audience knows thathe is talking about the administrationof the Ten Commandments or “thewords of the covenant written on thetablets” (Exod. 34:28), that is, the TenCommandments as a covenant docu-ment. Note that Paul mentions four characteristics of the Old Covenant,three of which we examined in our last article. We will turn our attentionnow to the glory of the Old Covenant.The passage to which Paul alludes,Exodus 34:29-35, states that Moses’face was radiant when he returnedfrom speaking with God on MountSinai. We have no indication from that passage that the radiance was fad-ing. Paul, by inspiration of the HolySpirit, informs us of that aspect, in2 Corinthians 3:7, 11, and 13. In order to understand the context better, let usconsider the account as it appears inExodus 34, beginning with verse 27.
Then the L
said to Moses, “Writethese words, for according to the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”
So he wasthere with the L
forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tab-lets the words of the covenant, the
Now it was so, when Moses camedown from Mount Sinai (and the twotablets of the Testimony were in Moses’hand when he came down from themountain), that Moses did not knowthat the skin of his face shone while hetalked with Him.
So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses,behold, the skin of his face shone, and
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