I have been thinking a lot about wearing masks. Most of us often wear masks. Even if we don’t suffer from chronic illness, we wear masks. We put on a show for others. Putting on a show for others is easy, but profits nothing. It doesn’t do anything to help us. It doesn’t do anything to support us. It doesn’t do anything to help us in our struggles. It doesn’t even help others who like us when we have masks on. While I agree, it isn’t good to share everything with everyone…but it is not good (or healthy) to put a mask on. It just isn’t.
God is placing this passage of Scripture on my heart tonight, so I want to try and share some things from it (this is my second attempt to post on this subject. My other post got lost when I was attempting to save the draft copy :) ).
These Israelites only came when Moses had his veil on to mask the glory of God.
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.
What does this passage have to teach us?
- First notice Moses’ ‘condition’ (he was radiant)
- Second, it led to the people’s fear (which had the action of not desiring to come near to him).
- Third, the change (Moses covered his face). Let me say this: I think the people missed out on a lot by being afraid to come near Moses as he radiated with God’s glory!
- It wasn’t just Moses’ face. It was God’s glory. The people couldn’t handle it. Why should they? God is holy, soverign, the eternal one! He is above all else. He is our Creator. He is the King of all kings!
Wearing our own veils: It can, at times, be the only way that others come near to us. Only if our masks are on. Will we be obedient to God? It’s not God’s will for us always to have a mask on. With unveiled faces, we can come to Him contemplating His glory. When we willing share our sufferings we endure with others (by simply talking about them), we are inviting others to join us in seeking His glory! We really are.
2 Corinthians 3:18- And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Ecc. 4:9-12~ 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Romans 5- And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Meditate on His Word. <3
I had so much more insights to share, but as I said that post got lost in the world of cyber space.
Give me a few days, and I just may revisit this topic :). I hope so, anyway. Great thing to study!